Song of the Day #2,538: ‘Hillside Song’ – My Morning Jacket

my_morning_jacket_waterfallI’m catching up with a few new releases this week. I’ve bought nine albums in 2015 and posted songs from six of them, so here come the remaining three.

Unfortunately, the trend so far this year is disappointment, or at least new albums that don’t live up to their predecessors.

That’s certainly the case with My Morning Jacket’s Thee Waterfall, the band’s first album since 2011.

My favorite My Morning Jacket album is 2008’s Evil Urges, which I believe puts me in a different camp than long-time fans of the band. I loved that record’s blend of country rock and left-field funk. Others found it a bit too wild a departure.

The 2011 follow-up, Circuital, didn’t wow me as much but it’s a solid record. It has the same sense of adventure married to some memorable grooves and hooks.

But The Waterfall reaches back to the band’s earlier days, with a heavier emphasis on meandering spacey folk music. To be fair, I’ve given the record only a couple of full listens, and this band’s music tends to grow on me. But I can tell already that it won’t get much playing time compared to those other two records.

It’s probably telling that my favorite track on the record — today’s SOTD — is a hidden cut that plays a minute or so after the final song. It’s called ‘Hillside Song’ and it’s a nice bit of Dylan-esque loveliness.

I wanna tell you I need you but that sounds so cliché
The grass is always greener on the other side anyway
Why do I value our time now that it’s done
Rollin’ down the hillside song

Rollin’ down the hillside just playin’ like two kids
In this grown up world, you’re all I understood
At the top of the hillside we were standin’ on
Rollin’ down the hillside song

You in the moonlight and me in the dark
Night after night, we did always have that spark
What about the music we made so strong?
What about the hillside song?

When times were difficult, what was I runnin’ from?
Rollin’ down the hillside song

Wanna tell you I need you but that sounds so cliché
The grass is always greener on the other side anyway
Why do I value our time now that it’s done
Rollin’ down the hillside song

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,538: ‘Hillside Song’ – My Morning Jacket

  1. Dana says:

    This is nice, and if the rest of the album has a folksy vibe, I might enjoy that.

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