At First Listen

By Danny YadronThe Daily Northwestern

My Morning Jacket’s new double live album Okonokos attempts to document the band’s one night stand at San Francisco’s famed Fillmore. The album does a stunning job, as vocalist Jim James demonstrates he doesn’t need bucketfuls of studio reverb to hold a note. The rhythm section is damn near perfect – so much so that it’s hard to believe Okonokos is a live album. That’s the problem. Besides sporadic moments of faint cheering, it is hard to imagine anyone aside from the band and recording engineer at the show. In over two hours of audio, not one of the members communicates with the audience – no “thank you,” not even a “good night.” Though the record leaves little question about how My Morning Jacket is one of today’s best live acts, it leaves you thirsty for more.