Best Albums of 2011: #4

My Morning Jacket - Circuital

There are only a few bands who, in my mind, can still pull off the whole rock band thing these days. Foo Fighters, The National, maybe The Black Keys come to mind -- but few bands can claim the energy and raw musical expertise without a smirk or a wink, especially rock bands of the independent persuasion. But My Morning Jacket's new album Circuital proves that their take on 90s indie rock is the real thing. Having released their first album in 1998, these guys know their stuff and their return to form shows their perfection of the form.

Circuital is one of those rare albums where every single track is absolutely required and non-skippable. From the old-school heaviness of "Victory Dance" to the upbeat indie rock hit "Circuital", Circuital has the emotional punch of their early albums and the relevancy of Z. The strong hooks, thoughtful lyrics, and MMJ's undeniable musicianship all add up to something refreshingly familiar: a classic good album that is easily one of the best of the year.

Best Tracks: "Victory Dance", "Holdin On To Black Metal"

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