Best of 2008… So Far & Opinions on My Morning Jacket

Jim and Greg love lists so much they can't wait until the end of the year to make them. Tune in to hear their lists for the Best Albums of 2008…So Far. Then stay tuned for their review of the new album from My Morning Jacket.

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Dr. Claudius Conrad, a physician at Harvard University Medical School recently conducted a study that examined the relationship between pain, healing and music. Jim and Greg talk to Dr. Conrad, a classically trained pianist, about his findings, which were published in the journal Critical Care Medicine. He found that playing music for patients recovering in the ICU reduced certain hormone levels that paradoxically caused the lessening of pain symptoms. Dr. Conrad specifically used Mozart in his study, but he believes that any music a patient found pleasurable might have the same effect. He also imagines this would be the case during surgery itself.


The Best of 2008… So Far

Hard to believe it's almost the midpoint of 2008, but lucky for Sound Opinions listeners, that means it's time for a list! Here are Jim and Greg's lists for 2008's mid-year best.

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My Morning Jacket Evil Urges

My Morning Jacket has a new album due out this week called Evil Urges. The band has been hugely successful straddling the line between indie rock and jam band music. As Jim says,“They‘ve been everything to everyone.”But now they’ve given up the“backwoods”setting, and not for the best according to Jim and Greg. Both critics hear a ton of experimentation, but nothing that is impressive. Rather, they found themselves asking what My Morning Jacket was thinking. Songs like "Highly Suspicious" almost seem like a joke. Jim wasn't a big fan before, but he really hates this record and gives it a Trash It. Greg wishes there was a rating level below that, but he'll have to settle for Trash It.


Featured Songs

  1. Apollonia Symphony Orchestra, Symphony No. 41 in C, Very Best of Classical: Mozart, Naxos, 2003
  2. Los Campesinos, My Year in Lists, Hold on Now Youngster…, Arts & Crafts, 2008
  3. Santogold, L.E.S. Artistes, Santogold, Downtown, 2008
  4. Rhymefest, Dancin' Machine, Man in the Mirror, self-released, 2008
  5. Rhymefest, No Sunshine, Man in the Mirror, self-released, 2008
  6. Weezer, The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn), Weezer, Geffen, 2008
  7. Portishead, Silence, Third, Mercury, 2008
  8. Lupe Fiasco, Hip-Hop Saved My Life, The Cool, Atlantic, 2007
  9. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, More News from Nowhere, Dig!!! Lazarus!!! Dig!!!, Mute, 2008
  10. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, We Call Upon the Author, Dig!!! Lazarus!!! Dig!!!, Mute, 2008
  11. Gnarls Barkley, Whatever, The Odd Couple, Downtown, 2008
  12. Ratatat, Mirando, LP3, XL, 2008
  13. My Morning Jacket, Evil Urges, Evil Urges, ATO, 2008
  14. My Morning Jacket, Highly Suspicious, Evil Urges, ATO, 2008
  15. My Morning Jacket, Thank You Too, Evil Urges, ATO, 2008
  16. Usher, Love In The Club, Here I Stand, LaFace, 2008
  17. AC/DC, Live Wire, TNT, Albert Productions, 1975
  18. Weezer, Heart Songs, Weezer, Geffen, 2008


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