M. Ward, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, and Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis gather round the campfire to trade soft-rocking fables about God, the Mayans, and a ”Man Named Truth” in Monsters of Folk. James is the goofball genius here, dishing out hilarious nonsense (”Stealing a tusk from an elephant must/Make one feel creepy inside”) before admitting that it’s all ”just to make you sickos smile.” B

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