The Waterfall II

My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall II
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2020 Ratings: #518 / 809
User Score
Based on 134 ratings
2020 Ratings: #449
Liked by 4 people
July 10, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
ATO / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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Consequence of Sound

Despite its sequel-style title, The Waterfall II stands as an equal to its well-loved predecessor, one that moves from the sunny banks at the top of the falls to the deep and bracing waters down below.

American Songwriter

Overall, The Waterfall ll mines a contemplative mood similar to its predecessor, but even more so.


Released into the universe as a pandemic gift to fans, The Waterfall II comes fitted with escape hatches and launch pads.

Q Magazine

An incredible album somehow just got even better.

Under The Radar

Between the arc of the lyrical content and the band’s signature sound, The Waterfall II holds together nicely, and doesn’t feel at all like a B-sides collection or tracks that have been moldering on a shelf somewhere.

Spectrum Culture

No doubt there are songs on The Waterfall II that resonate in this Covid-ridden country. Yet as an album it doesn’t seem to completely hang together. It’s got its moments and some of them are great, but others not so much.


It doesn’t tell us anything about My Morning Jacket that we didn’t already know, and it doesn’t pose any what-ifs or prompt speculation about alternative timelines. Instead, it’s just more My Morning Jacket music: solid but seldom revelatory, new yet familiar.


The Waterfall II offers no clues as to where My Morning Jacket might be headed, but as a document of what they were capable of in the studio, it's consistent, well-structured, and satisfying in a way the original was not.

No Ripcord

As it stands, The Waterfall II could be described as a belated gift from a band who held back because they didn't keep the receipt.


Much of this material would be hard pressed to directly sweep anything off The Waterfall in its wake, but the The Waterfall II is enjoyable closure to those who will soon turn to anticipate the next new album My Morning Jacket have on deck.


A sweetly sprawling album.

Loud and Quiet

By no means a bad trip but hardly revelatory.

For any fan of My Morning Jacket, or the initial Waterfall album, you're bound to have been salivating at the idea of a part two to that release. Jim James and company do not disappoint by coming out with some of their most warm and welcoming tunes, following a similar pattern to the initial release from five years ago.

I remember being thrilled and picking up The Waterfall the day it was released on vinyl. I didn't even know a new album was coming, yet when I saw it I had to listen to it in ... read more
Was there a need for a sequel album to the only partially successful 'The Waterfall'? Well, the 'Waterfall II' arrived all the same - to be fair this one is more a traditional MMJ album dressed up in the same artwork as its sister album, when really there is little the two releases have in common.

Their weakest album, but at least a more varied listen than its predecessor.

My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall II

Genre: Indie Rock
Country: US

Final Verdict: 61% (Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 462th / 1094

Highlight: Feel You

Made me think of:
Pedro the Lion
Purple Mountains
The Flaming Lips
Band of Horses
Bright Eyes
This group sounds pretty talented but I couldn't get past the vocals personally. They sound so weak and boring and it sounds like no emotion was put into it. Also, a lot of the tracks are like three minutes too long while they don't build upon anything. This has mostly positive ratings so I was pretty optimistic going into this record but man, I guess this just isn't for me.
"In fact, The Waterfall II, the eighth album by the American rock band and follower of 2015’s The Waterfall, is a lost album, however, it does not act like one. It doesn’t tell us anything we don’t know about the band, nor does it represent such a bleak period in their lives that they would feel bad about just releasing it—the same thing that happened with Neil Young’s Homegrown. In fact, it’s quite the opposite: The Waterfall II looks like just a set of ... read more
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Added on: July 7, 2020