Jim James

Uni­form Dis­tor­tion

Classic Rock - - Albums - rob hughes

US gui­tarist-song­writer cranks up the vol­ume.

The longish in­ter­ludes be­tween My Morn­ing Jacket ac­tiv­ity have al­lowed leader Jim James to fol­low his own trail of late, be it last year’s all-cov­ers al­bum Tribute To 2 or join­ing an all-star cast for Lost On The River, based on re­dis­cov­ered lyrics from Bob Dy­lan’s ar­chive.

Uni­form Dis­tor­tion, his third orig­i­nal solo record, is his re­sponse to the in­for­ma­tion over­load of the dig­i­tal age and the por­ous line be­tween me­dia fact and fic­tion. Heavy themes de­mand heavy tools, and James gets to wig out in earnest here, his over­driven guitar squeal­ing through Just A Fool and the cock-rock­ing You Get To Rome, which sounds like Elvis fronting a freaky glam-me­tal band. There are di­gres­sions into the spacey psych-soul of his pre­vi­ous solo work, but it’s not long be­fore he’s cut­ting loose with the Ra­mones­like Bet­ter Late Than Never and up­dat­ing 60s garage-punk on Yes To Ev­ery­thing.

A care­free an­ti­dote to wor­ry­ing times.

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