Title - 'The Waterfall - Deluxe Edition'
Artist - My Morning Jacket
Starting in the late '90s and throughout the 2000s and 2010s, My Morning Jacket expanded on their rock and country roots, embracing everything from neo-psychedelia to funk, prog, and reggae in their sonic experimentation.
By the time Evil Urges arrived in mid-2008, they had successfully molded themselves into Kentucky's answer to Wilco: a band rooted in alt-country and rock & roll, but given to sonic experimentation and unexpected genre changes at every turn.
My Morning Jacket's de facto leader is vocalist/guitarist Jim James, who founded the band in 1998 alongside his cousin Johnny Quaid (guitar), Tom Blankenship (bass), and J. Glenn (drums). The band today still features James and Blankenship, but also includes Patrick Hallahan (drums), Carl Broemel (guitar, pedal steel, saxophone, vox) and Bo Koster (keyboards, vox).
The Louisville quintet have now released their seventh full-length album, The Waterfall. Recorded in Northern California’s Stinson Beach, this deluxe edition contains 10 regular tracks and four additional tracks, which is sure to please their legion of fans.
The album kicks off with the smokey country feel of 'Believe (Nobody Knows),' which is backed by the leisurely flow of 'Compound Fracture,' the hauntingly beautiful 'Like A River,' and the title track, the synth soundscape of 'In Its Infancy (The Waterfall).' One man and an acoustic guitar brings the best out of 'Get The Point,' which is followed by the second longest track on the album, the six minute long 'Spring (Among The Living).'
The stunning, lite flow of 'Thin Line' is next, and for my money is easily the best track on the entire album. That's backed by the pop structure of 'Big Decisions,' the delicate string arrangement of 'Tropics (Erase Traces)' and then, finally, and at over seven minutes in length, the longest track, the 60's sounding stroll of 'Only Memories Remain.' The first of the four bonus songs is gentle storytelling of 'Hillside Song,' another version of 'Compound Fracture (Miami Jungle Version),' the gentle 60's bounce of 'I Can't Wait,' and then another version of 'Only Memories Remain (Jim Demo)'.