My Morning Jacket Songs Ranked

My Morning Jacket is an American rock band formed in Louisville, Kentucky in 1998. The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Jim James, bassist Tom Blankenship, drummer Patrick Hallahan, guitarist Carl Broemel, and keyboardist Bo Koster.[1] The band’s sound, rooted in rock and country, is often experimental and psychedelic. The group amassed a following beginning in the 2000s in part due to their live performances. The group first found success in Europe after the release of its debut album, The Tennessee Fire (1999). Its next release, At Dawn (2001), led to a large stateside following and preceded several lineup changes. After signing to major label ATO Records, the group released two albums, It Still Moves (2003) and Z (2005), with the latter representing a critical breakthrough. The group’s next release, Evil Urges (2008), was more polarizing for fans and critics, while Circuital (2011), its sixth album, saw a more measured response. After many years of side projects and touring, the band’s seventh album, The Waterfall, was released in 2015, followed by The Waterfall II in 2020. Here are all of My Morning Jacket’s albums ranked.

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10. Golden (It Still Moves, 2003)

“I’m surprised this song has not been more exposed, it’s one of the most touching, reflective songs I’ve ever heard, and on my top 100 of best songs of all time, which is a pretty damn hard list to break into.”

9. Touch Me I’m Going to Scream (Evil Urges, 2008)

“It’s so easy to lose yourself in this album. especially in this song. I love at the end they bring the listener out of their trance with a deep, slow, monotonous tone. like being gently awoken from a pleasant dream.”

8. Evil Urges (Evil Urges, 2008)

“”Evil Urges” has polarized fans in their opinions about the stylistic changes MMJ has undergone since they creeped into the consciousness of the indie rock world. It is a record that is very different from the brand of Americana roots rock that they produced with their first three records.”

My Morning Jacket: Evil Urges Album Review | Pitchfork

7. Off the Record (Z, 2005)

“Evidence of My Morning Jacket’s ever-changing sound. Straight up nothing sounded like this on Z, nor any other album of theirs. The album has two parts to it: the first is a joyous reggae-esque tune with silly lyrics (“Sorry ’bout the things that I have said, and I’ll make it up to you at the penny arcade”), a driving chorus and bridge that is something to love at first listen.”

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6. Circuital (Circuital, 2011)

“Honestly, It just works. Musically and vocally, Everything mashes together perfectly to create this journey and it’s such a fantastic listen.”

5. Holdin’ on to Black Metal (Circuital, 2011)

“This is My Morning Jacket at their goofiest. They’re singing about black metal whilst having little kids-esque vocal harmonies. The entire song has Jim in almost-falsetto. Horns also lead the sound in this song, with MMJ’s guitar play being the sidekick. Black Metal’s chorus is a little hard to understand, but they’re not saying black mayo.”

My Morning Jacket: Circuital Album Review | Pitchfork

4. I’m Amazed (Evil Urges, 2008)

“Although Evil Urges is an inconsistent release, this single is the one place where it all comes together–great melodies, soaring lyrics, with an undercurrent of sadness. “I’m amazed at the love we rejected / I’m amazed at what we accept in its place.” Indeed. Fantastic song.”

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3. Wordless Chorus (Z, 2005)

“One of my favorite songs by My Morning Jacket. The beat in the beginning just grabs you, then when the words come, you’ve gotten mesmerized. I really liked the “wordless chorus.” Here is a legendary quote: “We are the innovators, they are the imitators.””

2. Dondante (Z, 2005)

“This has to be the best MMJ song ever. I can listen to this for hours at a stretch. It is sheer beauty. The climax points in the songs transport you to a completely different world.”

My Morning Jacket: Z Album Review | Pitchfork

1. One Big Holiday (It Still Moves, 2003)

“This song is extremely unfortunate for the entire band’s history, there are cases in which songs were made and were hit by groups, and that song was a terrible representation of the groups overall sound (Small Faces, and Blue Cheer) this is one of the cases of the exact opposite scenario, in which a very good band made a lot of good music and that one song just triumphs over everything else they had, or would ever do from that point and time. This is Blues inspired rock music with a stunning guitar riff, just absolute chaos. Amazing, Beautiful, Captivating, and most of all timeless.”