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Uniform Distortion

Jim James

Uniform Distortion

Third solo album of psychedelic indie rock from the My Morning Jacket frontman

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  1. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Simply joyous
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  2. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Through the strain of incessant information, James cuts through the bullshit to remind us to all take a pause … and that alone is remarkable these days
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  3. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    His mix of musical joie de vivre and lyrical home truths prove fiendishly effective
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  4. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    An album where joy is underpinned by disquiet at how truth is harder and harder to discern
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  5. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    A brisk and nearly straightforward rock 'n' roll record that takes inspiration from Jim James finding a 1971 distorted photo of "The Illuminated Man" by Duane Michals
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  6. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    An album that pulses with energy, enthusiasm and the restless spirit James has always personified
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  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

    There is a levity to Uniform Distortion that differentiates it from all James's previous work. Indeed, work is the last thing it resembles. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Uniform Distortion occasionally suffers dips in quality control and consequently the truly great album you feel he’s capable of is once again frustratingly elusive. But it’s still an absolute blast
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  9. 7.9 |   Paste Magazine

    While not quite living up to its title in sound or substance, finds James pulling back on the atmospheric embellishment that characterized his earlier solo work and revving up the energy and intensity
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  10. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    Sounds more like a classic My Morning Jacket record than anything James’ band has released in the past 15 years
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  11. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    It doesn’t offer any particularly novel insights into the crushing, nearly unavoidable hellscape of the digital age, but instead fights valiantly against its grasp with Godzilla-size hooks
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  12. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    May be the most straightforward sounding a set of Jim James songs has ever released, but they’ve somehow absorbed the distortion of today’s world and turned it into something we can all make sense of, and in which we can seek some solace
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  13. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Uniform Distortion is James' transition into rock 'n' roll royalty, a veteran at last
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  14. 7.0 |   Uncut

    His self-deprecating humour and goofball vocals leaven these dark songs about mortality, confusion and alienation, lending both levity and gravity to the staticky guitar riffs and soaring choruses. Print edition only

  15. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    The excitement of this music is its undeniable kinetic energy, as James laughs through his lyrics and bounds over his riffs
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  16. 6.8 |   Gig Soup

    James's most energetic and joyful collection of songs, a set of well-performed, fuzzed-out, straightforward rock n' rock jams. But it's hard not to feel like it's less of an original project and more like another one of his covers albums
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  17. 6.6 |   Earbuddy

    New music from Jim James! No, unfortunately it's not a new My Morning Jacket album
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  18. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Jim James seeks to pin down his identity
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  19. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Revels in no-frills classic rock and post-punk
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  20. 6.0 |   Q

    Only when his gift for aching melodies returns on the likes of Over And Over and Throwback does he really shine again. Print edition only

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