Jim James - Regions of Light and Sound of God

our rating

8.6

(great)

key points

  • instrumental variety
  • voice
  • short length

key tracks

  • State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)
  • Know Til Now
  • All is Forgiven

songs from the album

State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)
Know Til Now

alec’s review

flow
10
originality
9
listenability
8
my score
9

Jim James’ first solo album of original material embraces the greater freedom of solo recording to create something that is new and refreshing. There is a larger emphasis on a variety of instruments that My Morning Jacket recordings don’t use often, such as synthesizers and stringed orchestral instruments that allow him to explore exciting and vivid melodies that push the arbitrary boundaries of genre and allow him to showcase one of his most praiseworthy assets: his voice. It is impossible not to smile when you hear James singing his heart out on these tracks and revel in the unthinkable beauty. It’s simply awe-inspiring. The album is filled with deep, thoughtful songwriting, and even if the songs are specific to James’ experience, they are relatable to everyone. Oh  so many times artists lose something when trying to translate success they had with bands to solo attempts, but Jim James has created a stunning piece of work that celebrates life and the grand questions it poses, and is a must listen for music lovers everywhere.

Impression: By focusing on his great gifts and letting his mind wander in musical freedom, Jim James has created a classic that more than rivals any My Morning Jacket album.

alex h’s review

flow
9
originality
7.5
listenability
8
my score
8

If you think this album is just going to be a My Morning Jacket album with different people on drum and bass, you would be wrong. Jim James, while keeping some traces of MMJ, has created an extremely cohesive album that touches on a variety of genres. From start to finish, James incorporates many new sounds that I was unsure about when listening to the album the first time through, but when I went back, it hit me just how great this album was. Bringing in a lot more piano than I anticipated as well as some saxophone, he definitely created a new sound for himself, something much more relaxed than his other albums. As far as vocals are concerned, it’s about what you would expect from James. Personally, I love the way he sounds and he kills it on this album. The only thing I wish could’ve been changed on this album was length. Coming in at just under 40 minutes and only 9 songs – sad day. But otherwise, superb.

Impression: This short-lived collection of songs brings together a multitude of sounds that can be enjoyed by any listener.

alex s’ review

flow
9
originality
8
listenability
9
my score
8

It’s Jim James. Of course the album is going to be great. And it is. Regions of Light and Sound of God is a very mellow and easy listening album that shows James’ exceptional level of musical expertise. James has the voice of… a man who has a really good voice. This, blended with the harmonious atmospheric music makes for an album that is hard not to love. The album is understandably different from the auditorium-exploding music produced by My Morning Jacket. However, this is clearly not what James is going for with this album. James is going for an easy-listening, smooth, flowing, melodic, harmonious, beautiful album and he succeeds in doing so with Regions of Light and Sound of God.

Impression: Regions of Light and Sound of God expertly showcases Jim James’s skill in constructing a beautiful and harmonious album that is easy to listen to and even easier to enjoy.

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