Michael Kiwanuka – “Waterfall” (Jimi Hendrix cover)
Don’t Ever Change Your Ways!
“Waterfall” is more popularly known as “May This Be Love.” It was written by Jimi Hendrix for their album, “Are You Experienced?” It was recorded on April 3, 1967 at the Olympic Studios in London. It was then released on May 12, 1967 in the United Kingdom. The song showcases Jimi’s talent in creating subtle melodies coupled with thoughtful lyrics. This soft ballad has been covered by other musicians such as The Pretenders, Emmylou Harris, and Meshell Ndegeocello.
Author and musicologist Keith Shadwick wrote: “This is a melodic, romantic composition that borders on the sentimental”. Author David Stubbs described the song as “far and away the prettiest track on” the album, and an example of Hendrix’s versatility as a guitarist. According to musicologist Dave Whitehill, the song is characteristic of Hendrix’s “gentler side”, utilizing the E and A major Pentatonic scales to create a “pastorale setting befitting the lyrical content”. Whitehill described the guitar solo as “one of Jimi’s most lyrical and lovely.”
The album itself earned several praises and positive reviews. It was a chart-topper which was only fitting since it was The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s debut album. It was a massive success that it was even considered as among the greatest debuts for the rock genre.
- Peaked at number 2 in the UK Charts
- Number 5 on the Billboard 200
This particular cover was done by Michael Kiwanuka who is a well-known British soul singer. It was released on Spotify. I love his take on this Jimi Hendrix classic!