A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that despite the album's name, this collection of songs isn't really "evil," but is actually both eclectic and poetic – and fine for young teens (although the lack of simple narrative to follow may make younger listeners tune out completely). The title track encourages loving whoever we want despite what others say and promotes "no racial boundaries" and "no social subdivisions."
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What's the story?
Over the course of its four other studio albums, the critically acclaimed quintet named My Morning Jacket has developed a reputation for pushing the musical envelope and treading further and further from its soulful country folk roots. With EVIL URGES, the band takes listeners on a musical rollercoaster ride through genres as vastly different as prog rock, folk, and funk (to name just a few). Lucky for listeners, it's a relatively smooth – and clean – trip, with a smattering of positive social commentary and some lovely lyrics along the way. There's no simple narrative for teens to follow, which may make younger listeners tune out completely. But the rich, layered lyrics that touch on both the personal and political will entice those who like to look for meaning beneath the words.
Is it any good?
My Morning Jacket hasn't closed the door on its humble alt-country beginnings. Instead, this album allows the Kentucky-born band to open many, many new doors and explore diverse ground both musically and lyrically. New listeners will delight in their discovery, and adventurous fans will find Evil Urges to be a dramatic but welcome departure for a band they already know and love.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how bands no longer feel the need to stick to one particular music genre and how that allows them much more artistic freedom. Were other classic bands from history (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones) able to do the same thing? And did it help or hurt their careers? Did they stray significantly from their hit-making genre or make tiny strides?