Regardless, I think my exuberance for this record and your wishy washiness speaks to the objective way in which we all come to music. Sometimes it takes a little nudge or headline comparing them to Radiohead to spark interest in a band in order to let down our guard and invite the music in. Finding that nudge for someone else can be difficult. I can rattle off more platitudes — Jim James and Co. And if you are patient enough, toward the end there is a mournful sax solo, courtesy of multi-instrumentalist Carl Broemel, that always pulls at my heartstrings.
But should we be surprised when artists who were raised in the s start quoting music from their youth? Should we be surprised when artists quote from the Canon? Prince has two records in the Top 50, five records in the Top and nine total on the Great List. So maybe it is nostalgia. Maybe it is just adulation. It's as if the entire album, not just this song, could be stripped of literal meaning, as if everything My Morning Jacket needs to say can be communicated exclusively through sound.
But My Morning Jacket does have something to say. Z is a spiritual album-- or at least Side One is-- with references to religion and a few barely veiled allusions to Jesus Christ himself. These hints at larger meanings infuse the songs with a weird sense of questing adventure, as if the band is revealing its secrets only to present even more riddles. Side Two, however, loses much of the strange steam that fuels Side One, struggling to find its momentum and bringing the album back to reality with pedestrian problems like pacing.
Following "Off the Record", "Into the Woods" breaks that spell, making everything that comes after it sound a little pale and less immediate. A dark-carnival organ sets the sideshow stage for James to sing about burning kittens and babies in blenders, and the overly literal production inserts a me-oww and a wahhh into the mix, Spike Jones-style.
It sounds markedly better when the band comes in halfway through, but the song still dawdles to a conclusion. As if to apologize for "Into the Woods", "Anytime" is straightforward rock, enlivened by a pogoing guitar riff and James singing himself ragged.
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