Fans of Mumford and Sons’ conversion to electricity could do worse than seek out the new album from Americans My Morning Jacket, which is less likely to top the charts this weekend but is even more satisfying.
Like the Mumfords’ Wilder Mind, it also contains a track called Believe, which with its big rock chorus suggests a meatier Villagers, and no shortage of songs which suggest that songwriter Jim James has been listening to quite a lot of 1970s Paul McCartney and even, whisper it, some early 1980s Genesis (Compound Fracture).
The best of the Macca-influenced tunes is the gorgeous, folky, get-out-of-my-life-please plea to a former love Get the Point, but the closing Only Memories Remain and the melodic rock of Thin Line are no slouches either.
Critics may argue that the whole album could have been made 30 years ago or more – but let’s not be picky. The Waterfall is not to be missed.
Like this? Try these: Paul McCartney, Ram; James Taylor, Sweet Baby James
By Andrew Greenhalgh