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Jim James, Cold Specks

MATTHEW SINGER
8 pm, Tuesday May 14 | $25 advance, $29 day of show.
Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St.
 

[GODLIKE GENIUS] Throughout My Morning Jacket's career, a subtle, indistinct religiosity has underscored the songwriting of singer-guitarist Jim James. It's often hard to hear over the roaring din of Southern-fried guitars, but in the group's quieter moments, when James' voice lowers to a china-delicate falsetto, he often sounds overwhelmed by a sort of spiritual ecstasy. Unencumbered by the expectations of MMJ's fan base, for his first full-length solo foray, James put down the Flying V, then went ahead and called his album Regions of Light and Sound of God. Apparently inspired in equal parts by a 2008 hospital stay, a 1929 graphic novel called God's Man and George Harrison's post-Beatles explorations into Eastern mysticism, the record is James unguardedly grasping at the heavens. Its sound—presaged by "Dear God," his sublime contribution to the 2009 Monsters of Folk album—is a stirring, celestial brand of metaphysical soul, a star map of dusky piano, moody sax and psyched-out drum loops. Not everything coheres, but that's the beauty of searching for divinity: You don't have to reach any conclusions to find glory in the journey. And this journey is mighty glorious.



Where: Crystal Ballroom
Phone: 225-0047
Address: 1332 W Burnside St.
Website: www.mcmenamins.com

 
 

Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
 
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