Rating: Meh, like Mexican food in Philly.
On their fifth studio album lead singer/guitarist Jim James has completed rehab for his lifelong addiction to reverberated vocals. But don’t cut that sobriety cake yet—James emerges with a slew of new retrofitted masks in the likes of Dylan, Prince and Brian Wilson. The early gem “Thank You Too!” is followed by copycat fillers, and “Highly Suspicious” is a lame neo-Kraut groove that should’ve never seen the light of day. The album’s title is a likely allegory for MMJ’s unavoidable (de)evolution from alt-country shepherds to messiahs of Americana.