Even at their best, My Morning Jacket recalled classic southern rock sounds of the 1970s. At Dawn perhaps best showcased this side of the band, while Z and Evil Urges pushed the band’s sounds to sometimes thrilling, sometimes frustrating, places. Now comes a new album, The Waterfall, and after the relatively quiet lead single “Big Decisions,” MMJ have unleashed the great “Spring (Among The Living).” The song is right in the band’s wheelhouse, meant to be blasted with the windows down in 90-degree heat a la “One Big Holiday.” The song also features the fluidity of the band’s later discography, with Jim James ghostly howling until the sun finally sets. While the jury is still out on the rest of The Waterfall, at least on “Spring” the band is able to expertly synthesize their two warring sides to create another crowning jewel in their stellar repertoire.
The Waterfall is out 4 May.