State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.) by Jim James

A few of you may recognize Jim James, he is the lead singer of the band ‘My Morning Jacket’; the band has put out 6 albums since 1999. Although I wasn’t an avid listener of My Morning Jacket, Jim’s voice is very distinguishable and I’ve always enjoyed it. When I heard this song in Hawaii I instantly thought it was a song from the band, so I was surprised to find out that it was from Jim’s solo album. In early 2013 Jim released his solo album, entitled ‘Regions of Light and Sound of God.’ Since I’ve just found about his solo effort, I haven’t had the time to actually carve through the album and determine if I like any other tracks off of it; but this track definitely held my attention. What I most enjoy about Jim is his voice and during this track, it flows melodically with the piano that introduces the song. As the song progresses drums come in to add more force to the song, as well as the guitar; altogether they lift the song to a faster tempo, which I think adds value to the song. Upon searching for the song on YouTube, I was able to find a live version from a performance on the David Letterman Show. I will say that I’m partial to the live version, but for your listening pleasure I’ve provided both. Enjoy!


Live Version:

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