My Morning Jacket – Z
ATO Records – ATO332
Vinyl Me, Please Records Of The Month – Vol. 44
2 × Vinyl, LP, Club Edition, Clear w/White/Blue/Black Splatter
I tried. 4 times, in fact. I just can’t wrap my head around why My Morning Jacket’s “Z” was chosen as one of VMPs 12 picks for 2016. When I first played this record, I’d decided that I simply wouldn’t post it up on VJ, there is far too much great music to write about without having to go into why I don’t like something. If you don’t like something, just keep scrolling until you find something you like, right? The VJ ethos. I wasn’t about to make an exception for myself. Thing is, a list like this necessarily requires that I post all 12 VMP picks for the year, so here we are.
I’m keenly aware that MMJ enjoy a loyal following and am hoping that this post will lead to other Vinyl Junkies expressing what they enjoy about this album. All ears are biased, mine just ain’t hearing what both VMP and the legions of MMJ fans are so hot about.
A buddy of mine once described a Coldplay album as sounding like if you opened a few dozen Hallmark singing cards at once. That cutesy piano noodling, over faux-epic passages, on the last track of side one? With due respect to fans of Coldplay, the song reminded me of that conversation. It sounds contrived to me, a color by numbers attempt at grandiosity. That U2/Bono affect that the vocalist puts on? Not for me. The music link is below, judge for yourself. I will admit to having a bias against music that sounds like it was created by white suburban kids in white suburban neighborhoods, can’t like it all.
Am I right? No, I’m not. I simply don’t get it. Help me understand, fans of My Morning Jacket. Out of the two VMP picks that I would have swapped out in 2016, “Z” made the top of the list. It didn’t “suck”, I just can’t grasp what the big deal is. Art doesn’t suck, only those arrogant enough to believe that their opinion of it somehow carries truth.
“There are only 2 types of music: the music that you like and the music that you don’t”