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Eternally Even

Jim James - Eternally Even
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2016 Ratings: #229 / 763
User Score
Based on 56 ratings
2016 Ratings: #128
November 4, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
ATO, Capitol / Label
Neo-Psychedelia / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

Those seeking the wacky thrills of Regions of Light and Sound of God might be surprised -- or even put off at first -- but closer listening reveals the poignant and provocative Eternally Even as a stronger, deeper album.

80
Slant Magazine

Eternally Even is the sound of a road-worn artist, whose music normally channels the awe and splendor of his country, challenging its structure and finding the deepest valley he's ever seen.

80
American Songwriter

Despite, or maybe because of, the disparate approaches, the consistently entrancing Eternally Even is a stimulating and often spellbinding listening.

80
Exclaim!

At first blush, the record sounds a little bland, especially in comparison to MMJ's 2015 triumph The Waterfall ... Yet, as with almost anything James touches, the hooks are there, and in time the earworms emerge.

80
Uncut

Eternally Even feels like a protest album by stealth, its raw polemic softened by cool rhythms and beguiling motifs.

79
Pitchfork

Jim James' new solo album contains some of his most psychedelic music, as well as his most directly topical lyrics, offering new ways for him to wield his otherworldly voice.

72
Paste

Eternally Even, while a solid album worth a spin, would have been well-served to have a little more urgency, or at least energy, to it.

70
PopMatters

Eternally Even is thoughtful and contemplative on the subject of war and modern society, but also refreshingly eloquent on simple matters of love and emotion. It’s an album that takes a deep dive into the warmth and richness of psychedelic soul and is a notable chapter in the musical life of Jim James.

70
Rolling Stone

Throughout Eternally Even, the My Morning Jacket mainman renders his change gospel with conversational grace, Bill Withers warmth, Sly Stone optimism and Neil Young conviction – less soap box pugilist than lazy-Sunday sage.

58
Consequence of Sound

His second solo LP rolls along in one slowly, subtly shifting color — and an opaque one, at that.

80
This is one of those records...it's hard to say why I like it but I keep playing it again.
nostar
90
First listen, love it.
Kokolores
76
A mixture of alternative, psycedelic, singer songwriter music. An album that one will keep playing from time to time.
91
Consistent vibe throughout the album but just enough ebb and flow (see track #4) between tracks to keep the fresh factor up. All the way through, the listener is engaged and engulfed by the atmospheric and encompassing sounds. This works.
NR
Poignant, strong, confident, melodic, psychedelic, these words describe a very good solo album from Jim James. The album is very underrated, as #202 is too low of a ranking for an album this good. "Here in Spirit" and "Same old lie" are some of the best songs that Jim James have written, which is saying a lot since the lead singer of My morning jacket has an impressive album and song catalog. Somehow it did not make on the top 50 albums of the year for Pitchfork, Paste, or ... read more
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Track List

  1. Hide in Plain Sight
  2. Same Old Lie
  3. Here in Spirit
  4. The World's Smiling Now
  5. We Ain't Getting Any Younger Pt. 1
  6. We Ain't Getting Any Younger Pt. 2
  7. True Nature
  8. In the Moment
  9. Eternally Even
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