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Z Enhanced

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This Is Gospel ~ Z

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Two years and a pair of band members have passed since My Morning Jacket's last album, and the respite seems to have reinvented the Louisville, Ky., band and its leader Jim James. Shelved are the boogie-soaked country and hard-stomping metal of the first three records--assuring that all links to Lynyrd Skynyrd are hereby obsolete--and the sleek maturation of James's wailing, echoing falsetto may have even nullified the Neil Young comparisons. Using the guitar as a complement more than as a weapon, songwriter James has simplified the sound where keyboards take the lead and choruses play like a '70s AM radio. While songs like "Anytime" and "What a Wonderful Man" channel the old MMJ sound, they do so with less chaos and more spontaneity. That's the trend for the record's best: "Wordless Chorus" and its infectious "aaaah" refrain, the Hawaii Five-O-riffed ska of "Off the Record" and a Stranglers-minded carnival waltz, "Into the Woods." Serving as a pop-music paradigm that change is good, Z is ambitious, groundbreaking and downright impeccable. --Scott Holter
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 4, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Ato Records
  • ASIN: B000B5QWNI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,823 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By M. JEFFREY MCMAHON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It's painfully ironic that one of my favorote bands, so real and gritty and alternative to the mush that's out there, have a new CD deal with a company that puts secret software in it so that if you try to download the cd you ruin your computer. I hear that Sony started this type of software program. All consumers should be warned.

On to the music: Not my favorite album but still has a half dozen strong songs. The band has lost some of its members and I feel they're trying to find a new sound, one that doesn't have as strong identity as past releases.

Protect your computer and protest this dangerous type of CD; buy the songs individually on the Internet.
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This is a great cd, but sony's rootkit INFECTS YOUR COMPUTER WHEN YOU SCAN IT! Here's the scoop from pitchforkmedia.com

"Here's the crux of the suit, straight from the legal papers: "As a result of Sony's failure to disclose the true nature of the digital rights management (`DRM') system it uses on its CDs, thousands of computer users have unknowingly infected their computers, and the computers of others, with this surreptitious rootkit. This rootkit has been responsible for conflicts within computer systems, crashes of systems, and other damage."

The suit, which accuses Sony of "fraud, false advertising, trespass, and violation of state and federal statues prohibiting malware, and unauthorized computer tampering," claims that the suspect software has been included on certain Sony BMG Music CDs since this spring. Albums to watch out for include Amerie's Touch, My Morning Jacket's Z Kasabian's Kasabian, Neil Diamond's 12 Songs, Cassidy's I'm a Hustla, Kings of Leon's Aha Shake Heartbreak, and, appropriately, the Bad Plus' Suspicious Activity and the Coral's Invisible Invasion, among others.

In short: if you're about to load that new My Morning Jacket disc onto your hard drive, STOP. Sell the album back to the record store and buy something on Dischord."
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The application is also accused of shortening the life span of the user's hard drive by performing a scan of system processes every 1.5 seconds.

Another widely publicised feature of the technology is a rootkit that hides the digital rights management technology from the system and the user.

The rootkit will actually hide any file, process or registry key that begins with the characters '$sys$', making it extremely easy for virus authors and hackers to hide malicious applications from virus and spyware scanners.
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Whatever the merits of the music, I tossed this disk in the garbage. Why?

1. Upon insertion in the computer, requires you to agree to a contract that restricts usage to approved devices etc and inserts software on your hard drive to monitor usage.

2. After agreeing it launches a goofy proprietary application to play the music instead of a media player.

3. You cannot play the files in iTunes

4. You cannot rip the files to you computer

5. You cannot play the songs on you iPod.

This attemnpt to restrict legal usage of the music is outrageous and should be tolerated. Is the band aware of this? Do they support it? It is bad business, bad publicity and done in bad faith.
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Link to news article:

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Sony/BMG releases contain new spyware ... I'm not a tubthumper, and usually work around such issues. Well, one optical drive and reinstall of windows later, it's not so funny. I still can't even play this on a computer -- shame on the label and the band.

For those thinking I'm not tech-savvy, I work for a software publisher and assemble PCs from component parts for fun; this is the most insidious overwrite of the Windows DLL files I've seen in quite some time.

Worse is the results of the rootkit: monitoring of your web surfing habits, and depriving consumers of their legal rights to rip MP3 files and listen on a portable player.

I love this record, and this band, but I'd wait until Sony makes a public announcement that they will ship new product that does not contain MediaPlex before I would recommend it's purchase. Don't say you were not warned - this is a real pain.
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I listened to this at a listening station at Tower and thought it was great. Was ready to buy but saw the DRM warning on the jacket. This CD only works with devices that are compatible with Windows Media Player. If you have an iPod, you are out of luck.

Since I listen to almost all of my music on my iPod, this format is worthless to me. Hopefully they will release a more useful version of this.
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I bought this album at the same time I bought Yoshimi by the Flaming Lips at a time when I was becoming very discouraged by modern bands and modern music in general. Jaded by those bands that sounded great upon first listen but lose their appeal after only a few spins (The Strokes being the most obvious), I decided to take a chance on these two albums I heard about from Paste Magazine (a great music mag!) and was absolutely blown away. Yoshimi was the favorite, right off the bat, but Z by MMJ just stayed with me. I would plug it in every week, listen, and hear something amazing I didn't hear before. Some new guitar solo, or subtle drum break. And so I started listening twice a week and now I listen to MMJ (not just Z, but other albums as well) at least once a day! Their music is something that has affected me on a deeper level, something that has not happened for almost 16 years (since Primal Scream's Screamadelica in 1991). Start here, then do yourself a favor and delve deeper into their back catalog and buy them all. Including their early version compilation albums which are worth the price due to the inclusion of their cover version of EJ's "Rocket Man", among others.

If you end up liking Z, try Grandaddy's the Sophtware Slump and Mercury Rev's Deserters Songs.
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