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17 July 2012 | Music
What you see, isn’t always what you get. Otherwise, my first encounter with MMJ via their Okonokos dvd might have been a full aural assault on my ears by some hairy bottomed metal merchants. Instead, I was treated to exactly what I wasn’t expecting.
Starting out with a slight reggae feel (which put me straight on the back foot) each subsequent track morphed into everything from country to jazz to rock, and it was all topped off with an even more surprising vocal turn from the wonderful Jim James (aka Yim Yames).
I’ve witnessed it for myself three times now and, I don’t want to get too gushy but something almost magical happens when these guys play together. Even they have trouble explaining it. But they have dynamics to die for. I recently heard someone describe it as ‘Cosmic Americana’. Cosmic indeed.
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