My Morning Jacket: "Holdin On to Black Metal"

"Oh Black Metal you're so misunderstood," Jim James sings on this ode to Lucifer's favorite racket. Putting any actual metal in a song about metal would be way too obvious for these genre-bending Southern boys. So on "Black Metal" — the latest offering from Circuital, due May 31 — they roll out rubbery psychedelic soul complete with steel-wool guitar fuzz, pink-chiffon backup singers and a whacked-out wah-wah horn section — kicking ass with a velvet boot. They recorded the track in a church gym, so they may have some 'splaining to do when they meet their Maker. But at least they're riding to the Lake of Fire in style.

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