With each passing year, the shaggy Louisville rockers have grown a little more unpredictable and a little more mystical. The band's latest, The Waterfall, finds Muppet-voiced frontman Jim James and Co. reigning things in slightly, turning out their most grounded, consistent collection of songs in years.

With each passing year, the shaggy Louisville rockers have grown a little more unpredictable and a little more mystical. The band's latest, The Waterfall, finds Muppet-voiced frontman Jim James and Co. reigning things in slightly, turning out their most grounded, consistent collection of songs in years.

"I'm trying to tell you plainly how I'm feeling day to day," James sings atop acoustic picking on "Get to the Point," and this directness carries over into tunes that veer comfortably between '70s guitar jams (the soaring "Compound Fracture") and hazy ballads like "Only Memories Remain," where the singer posits the bonds we form in this life linger far longer than our physical forms.