JIM JAMES

TRIB­UTE TO 2 ATO, OUT NOW

Q (UK) - - Q Review -

My Morn­ing Jacket leader’s cov­ers al­bum. Jim James’s orig­i­nal Trib­ute To… was a 2009 acous­tic EP of Ge­orge Har­ri­son and Bea­tles tracks. In con­trast, the 11 tracks on Vol 2 are full-blooded – and fully or­ches­trated – where needed. The early won­der of The Beach Boys’ I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times mashed up with the rhythm and horns from Isaac Hayes’s By The Time I Get To Phoenix isn’t sus­tained, how­ever. Cry­ing In The Chapel and Funny How Times Slips Away (The Orioles and Wil­lie Nel­son re­spec­tively) are hushed acous­tic strums, ’ 30s pop tune Love Is The Sweet­est Thing is heavy on its mu­sic hall ori­gins, while James goes the full Hank Wil­liams for Bob Dy­lan’s I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight. Cu­ri­ous rather than es­sen­tial. ANDY FYFE Lis­ten To: I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times | Wild Honey

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