Picks and Pans Review: My Morning Jacket

updated 06/16/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/16/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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MMJ clearly had the urge to get soulful on their fifth studio album. The smooth-grooving title tune, one of many standout cuts, evokes shades of early Hall & Oates—at least until they break into a midsong jam—while the danceable "Highly Suspicious," with its jerky rhythms, finds them bringing the funk. On both of these tracks, lead singer Jim James adopts a falsetto that owes much more to R&B than rock. But folk, country and psychedelic sounds also figure into the eclectic, multilayered mix.

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