Jim James - 'Regions Of Light And Sound Of God'
Fans alienated by My Morning Jacket’s more recent material will find plenty of comfort here
At first glance, a solo album from My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James inspired by a 1929 proto-graphic novel sounds drier than a mouthful of sand. In practice, however, this lone venture from the man formerly known as Yim Yames (this is not a joke) is a low-key treat. Taking Lynd Ward’s ‘novel in woodcuts’ God’s Man as influence, the album plays like a hazy dream of what first made My Morning Jacket great. ‘Dear One’ feels close enough to touch, while ‘A New Life’ typifies the album’s subtle beauty. Fans alienated by My Morning Jacket’s more recent material will find plenty of comfort here.