My Morning Jacket: 5 Albums, 5 Nights At Terminal 5
Tonight, indie-rock sensation My Morning Jacket will take the stage at Terminal 5 in New York City to kick off what is sure to be remembered as one of the band’s most iconic live runs. Every night this week, the band will perform each of their five studio albums in their entirety, including additional tracks and covers from each time period.
Photo credit: Tyler Machado
My Morning Jacket hit the scene in 1999 with their debut album The Tennessee Fire which boasted an undeniably twangy country-rock sound, with a surprising amount of indie overtones. The band further developed and matured this sound with the release of At Dawn in 2001. It wasn’t until 2003 that My Morning Jacket was called up to the big leagues signing with Dave Matthews’ ATO Records, releasing It Still Moves, an emulation of their original sound, but on a bigger budget. The album solidifies the evolution of the band’s striking melodies to the level that paved the way for their blockbuster release in 2005. Z launched to critical acclaim of its more electronic, booming resonance and catchy melodies that take cues from reggae and the more upbeat dub. The album hit #63 on the Billboard Top 100 and was included on Pitchfork’s Top 200 albums of 2000. The same can’t be said for My Morning Jacket’s fifth and latest album, Evil Urges which was meant to be a strong departure from their original sound. Unfortunately the softer rock, lack of catchy melodies and droning falsettos distracted fans from the band’s true roots, and left critics skeptical of the band’s side step. Still, a whirlwind tour including a four-hour performance at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and placement of songs across pop culture including the season premiere of television series “One Tree Hill” kept the album near the top of the charts.
When tickets went on sale in June, it wasn’t a surprise that most of the shows sold out almost immediately. But is there a direct correlation between demand for each night, and the popularity of the album My Morning Jacket is going to play? We took a further look at the average selling price of each concert to determine exactly which albums and nights are selling best.
The Tennessee Fire: Monday, October 18th – $21 average price/ticket
At Dawn: Tuesday, October 19th – $72
It Still Moves: Thursday, October 21st – $93
Z: Friday, October 22nd – $105
Evil Urges: Saturday, October 23rd – $65
It’s not a surprise that Z came out on top, with It Still Moves in a close second. The very low prices for The Tennesse Fire are typical for a Monday night concert, and is a great deal for any fan looking to see the band live on a budget.
UPDATE: Check out all of Terminal 5’s upcoming shows at this blog post.
Tell us about your favorite My Morning Jacket album and if you plan on attending the shows this week in the comments below!