Favorite Songs of the 2000's:
My Morning Jacket - 'Run Thru' (2003)

Surprisingly enough, I don't think I've mentioned My Morning Jacket here nearly as much as I talk about them to anyone that will listen (Ed: after searching the site, I've mentioned MMJ here a ton, but have only written actual posts about them a handful of times). Truth be told, despite not loving the last album (2008's Evil Urges) they are still probably my favorite living band today. This definitely won't be the only My Morning Jacket song that I post under my favorite tunes of the decade.

I'd like to be able to say that I've been with them from the start but I haven't. I didn't first purchase a My Morning Jacket album until their third album came out, 2003's It Still Moves. That's the album that hooked me and the first song that really blew me away on that album was 'Run Thru'. There are so many things about this song that make it great but the part that grabbed me is the breakdown and jam at the end of the song. The song breaks for an instant and the driving bass line and beat swell into a mini jam. It breaks again and a keyboard riff drives the song into another frenzied jam, highlighted by a Jim James howl. Finally, when you think the song might be over, the original guitar riff comes searing back. It's really pretty cool, as you can see in the video below. The whole song is great, but the highlight of the tune begins about three minutes and twenty seconds in.



Anonymous said...

MMJ... What an amazing band! Their early albums are untouchable, Tennessee Fire, At Dawn, It Still Moves. Z was the start of the transformation, and still brilliant. Jim James can do no wrong.


Poindexter said...

"Oh shit run, oh shit run, oh shit run thru the ghetto..." EZ said it, Jim & Co. can do no wrong. I could go on and on but I think I'll just stop by saying this is the best rock band on the face of the earth. I'll fight you if you say differently. Ok, maybe not. But I might throw a pretty serious hissy fit.