My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James has released his second full-length solo album, Eternally Even. This follows his 2013 LP, Regions of Light and Sound of God.
Jim shared a comment about the album's theme through a Facebook post:
I wanted to make an album that hopefully speaks to the issues of the day, many of which, sadly, are issues we have been dealing with since the beginning of time. Most of what I think about right now is how so many things in the world are SO fucked up- our political system is broken and corrupt...our earth is being destroyed by climate change...people are not treating each other with equality and respect... and I think- are we going to make it? Are we going to figure it out and fix it before it's too late? Can we ever truly open our hearts and embrace love in all its beautiful forms? I think it's still possible. I still have hope in humanity. I’m just trying to be a part of the discussion and encourage people to speak out for equality, to not be afraid to speak out for peace and love. All of us feel afraid at times in these absolutely insane times, but its important we speak our minds, cast our votes, and do not give in to fear and hatred.
This is a fun and funky album with some strong messages in the lyrics. There is a retro '70s vibe with analog synths, jazzy horns, and strong bass lines, but there is also a fresh experimental feeling to the way these songs were written and produced. Our favorite songs are "Same Old Lie," "Hide in Plain Sight," "Here In Spirit," "The World's Smiling Now," "We Ain't Getting Any Younger," and "In the Moment."
Pick up Eternally Even on Amazon. You can also stream the full album above, via Spotify.