My Morning Jacket's "Evil Urges"

Greatest pop/rock song since "Crazy."

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"Evil Urges"



The title track to My Morning Jacket's new album, Evil Urges, which dropped June 10, might be the greatest pop/rock song since Gnarls Barkley blew our minds with "Crazy." What makes "Evil Urges" so genius? It's a singular slab of plastic soul, country, rock and funk that ebbs, flows and soars like a sublime mash-up of Bowie, the Stones, Prince and Radiohead. Frontman Jim James adopts a Beck-esque falsetto, giving his voice a back-alley charm that's ideal for lusty lines like "It ain't evil baby, if you ain't hurting anybody." The song also manages to work in a little politicking: "It's all the same, we're tired of waiting/ Come on then, and dedicate your love to any woman or man/ No racial boundary lines, no social subdivisions/ If you want it, you can." Did I mention it's insanely catchy? 4 stars

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