Jim James addressed the chaos that exists in today's world through Uniform Distortion, the third full-length from the My Morning Jacket frontman. The album relied heavily on fuzzy guitar licks, pounding drums, and treated vocals. On Uniform Clarity, James aims to highlight the origins of the songs on Uniform Distortion; it's a companion piece consisting of "single-take, document-style, acoustic & vocal only performances. As the title suggests, the overall sound of the project is clearer, and the stripped-down instrumentation makes for a much more intimate listen. The proceeding work was sonically raw w/ a lot of "intentional chaos/dirt" and this 13-tracker (includes two new tracks) is also raw, but more on the emotional level. Check out "Just A Fool," "You Get To Rome," "It Will Work Out," "All in Your Head," "No Secrets," and "Throwback."
- white vinyl pressing
- music label: ATO Records 2018
reviewed by rei kwondo 10/18