Although frequently lumped in with the modern Americana crowd along with Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips et al, My Morning Jacket have struggled to achieve the same rate of success. Neverthless, 'Z', their fourth album, has received almost universal acclaim. It's certainly big, ambitious and displays an eclecticism within forty minutes than most bands do in an entire career. Yet despite that it sounds flawed, especially so when comparing the vastly superior first half of the record to the second. 'Wordless Chorus' does exactly as the song title suggests; Jim James' letting rip on the emotions over dreamy passages of instrumentation; 'It Beats 4 U' is similar but even better and shows them employing electronica whilst still retaining that heart-wrenching quality. Even the sunny disposition of single 'Off The Record' gets away with a riff alarmingly similar to the theme from 'Hawaii Five-0'. Thereafter events begin to go awry as 'Into The Woods' - courtesy of its fairground organ - descends into an unneccessarily lengthy novelty whilst 'Anytime' is simply FM rock-by-numbers and 'Dondante' is the obligatory bombastic and far too lengthy finale. All of which leads to a decent but somewhat overrated record.