The Waterfall

My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2015 Ratings: #258 / 771
User Score
Based on 100 ratings
2015 Ratings: #279
May 4, 2015 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Pretty Much Amazing
Production has never been cleaner. Progressions have never been tighter. The adhesive has never been stronger. And Jim James has never been finer.
85
Under The Radar

It's clear, confident, and focused. It's also Jim James and company's best record since 2005's Z.

80
The Skinny

The Waterfall will rightly go down as a high point in My Morning Jacket’s output; an album to restore some faith in the somewhat directionless Americana genre, but above all, it’s a hugely enjoyable ten songs where Jim James’ voice soars to heights this band haven’t been in nearly a decade.

80
The Line of Best Fit

It may lack the individual killer tracks of Z or the alluring, reverb-bingeing analogue cocoon of It Still Moves (2003), but this might just be My Morning Jacket's most cohesive and fully realised offering to date.

80
Exclaim!

While past My Morning Jacket records have been good to great, the band seemed unable to capture their powerhouse live performances on a studio recording. The Waterfall changes that trend.

80
American Songwriter
Regardless of how many stylistic changes are shoehorned into any cut, nothing feels forced or stilted.
80
The Guardian

There’s a warm glow about The Waterfall that was missing from Circuital, My Morning Jacket’s last album, in 2011.

79
Pitchfork
For a record of spiritual and romantic reckoning, it’s remarkably level-headed and pragmatic.
75
Consequence of Sound

My Morning Jacket harken back to their alt country roots on The Waterfall and create a remarkable vision of the American countryside in the process, one as filled with solitude as it is with wonder.

75
A.V. Club

Gripping and in waves, The Waterfall might not be a classic, but it still suggests that after nearly two decades fans don’t know every side of My Morning Jacket. Luckily, they keep opening new doors for us to explore.

75
The 405
This record should be coupled with its predecessor but it without doubt exceeds its ambitions.
70
musicOMH

2011’s Circuital was up there with their best work and now Jim James and company are back again with The Waterfall, which maintains their high standards.

70
Drowned in Sound

Thankfully, The Waterfall shows that My Morning Jacket are more than just a backing band for their leader with the big lungs, and they’re still able to sharpen his songs into something truly potent.

70
Clash
In spite of this eclecticism, the album feels like a coherent sketch of Jim James' mind which - just like California's rugged northern coast - is a powerful and dreamy ride. Another Grammy nomination could well be on the cards.
70
Rolling Stone

A breakup LP that lands somewhere near acceptance, The Waterfall might be the band's sunniest, and trippiest, album.

70
PopMatters
New listeners may be disconcerted by the record’s wide stylistic scope, but there are many worthy moments which can be latched on to if you stick with it, grabbing one of those hooks that seemingly appears out of nowhere.
70
Uncut

The Waterfall is ... perfectly attuned to its immediate surroundings, but it also seeks to channel a more all-encompassing spirit.

70
FasterLouder

A return to form of sorts. It isn’t wholly convincing but the band shows they can edit themselves and still write superb songs that draw from rock, Americana, soul and psychedelic music.

68
Sputnikmusic

The Waterfall is a gorgeous record, but rarely is it a gripping one.

60
Slant Magazine

The issue with The Waterfall is that without a snarling bed of guitars behind him, or at least a decent pop hook to wrap his stuffed-nose, marble-mouthed croon around, James often sounds like a painfully sincere, nonsensical cosmic dreamer a la Yes's Jon Anderson.

60
DIY
While it perhaps won’t warrant an influx of new listeners, ‘The Waterfall’ is an inviting record that will leave returning fans thankful for them not disappearing.
60
AllMusic

My Morning Jacket's eclecticism has long been one of their strong suits, but their sonic wanderlust seems to fail them a bit on their seventh studio album, The Waterfall.

BuffaloStaple
68
i'll forever be in debt to this album bc without it we wouldn't have that beautiful HereLiesMusic review omg
CheapandLethal
45
Pretty poor
nickedwardevans
NR
It's growth and return to form all at the same time. 3 months after its release and after about a dozen listens, I can say it's without a doubt their best since Z.
raymon
79
An almost cinematic album by MMJ. The songs are clear and beautiful. The only drawback is that some of the songs here are a little bit too cute for me. Nonetheless, this is a really strong and majestic-like album by MMJ.
steviedub
68
Not very impressive for a My Morning Jacket album. It definitely has its moments and bright spots, but doesn't have what it takes to really live up to their previous albums.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#23/Diffuser
#38/American Songwriter
#40/Under the Radar
#42/Paste
#48/Uncut

Track List

  1. Believe (Nobody Knows)
  2. Compound Fracture
  3. Like a River
  4. In Its Infancy (The Waterfall)
  5. Get the Point
  6. Spring (Among the Living)
  7. Thin Line
  8. Big Decisions
  9. Tropics (Erase Traces)
  10. Only Memories Remain
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