The Waterfall II

My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall II
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2020 Ratings: #280 / 491
User Score
Based on 87 ratings
2020 Ratings: #339
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July 10, 2020 / Release Date
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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.

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
"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
Didn't have high hopes after not loving waterfall 1, but I was pleasantly surprised. Not earth shattering, but has the quintessential MMJ ethereal sound.
Breathtakingly Beautiful..... Best MMJ since Z
The Waterfall was nowhere near the quality of some of their best work, but an enjoyable vibe to follow-up with an expanded take on that atmosphere. Even if not a sonic marvel like some of their others, this feels like a fitting sequel and overall entry into their mostly-phenomenal catalogue. Legendary band to see live if you haven't already; I saw them on the Waterfall tour.
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Track List

  1. Spinning My Wheels
  2. Still Thinkin
  3. Climbing The Ladder
  4. Feel You
  5. Beautiful Love (Wasn't Enough)
  6. Magic Bullet
  7. Run It
  8. Wasted
  9. Welcome Home
  10. The First Time
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Added on: July 7, 2020