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  • Summary: The third full-length solo release for the My Morning Jacket frontman was self-produced and was inspired by a photo in the 1970s magazine, The Last Whole Earth Catalog.
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  1. 83
    As the album comes to a close, its success lies in the honesty and purity that went into its creation.
  2. 80
    There are enough artistic twists and turns to please even the most dedicated Jacket fan, showing that James remains as musically edgy as ever on an album that pulses with energy, enthusiasm and the restless spirit James has always personified.
  3. Jul 2, 2018
    80
    While it may not be any easier to make one's way through the distortion that James references, it is somehow easier to bear because of the empathy, joy, and contradiction in these songs.
  4. Jun 22, 2018
    79
    Uniform Distortion, while not quite living up to its title in sound or substance, finds James pulling back on the atmospheric embellishment that characterized his earlier solo work and revving up the energy and intensity. Nearly every offering boasts an elevated level of drive and determination, a fervent exuberance that makes no apologies for lack of restraint.
  5. Jun 29, 2018
    75
    It doesn’t offer any particularly novel insights into the crushing, nearly unavoidable hellscape of the digital age, but instead fights valiantly against its grasp with Godzilla-size hooks, solos both vicious and dreamy, and lush production that encourages turning on, tuning in, and dropping out.
  6. Jun 25, 2018
    70
    Uniform Distortion is James' transition into rock 'n' roll royalty, a veteran at last.
  7. Q Magazine
    Jun 22, 2018
    60
    Now it would seem that the 40-year-old is keen to get back to that place, smashing through extremo rockers such as You Get To Rome and enjoying himself so much that he often audibly breaks into laughter. Sometimes, though, it tips over in to jammy self-indulgence. [Summer 2018, p.110]

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