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  • Audio CD (May 6 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B00008NG5V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,002 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Times Like These
2. The Horizon Has Been Defeated
3. Traffic In The Sky
4. Taylor
5. Gone
6. Cupid
7. Wasting Time
8. Holes To Heaven
9. Dreams Be Dreams
10. Tomorrow Morning
11. Fall Line
12. Cookie Jar
13. Rodeo Clowns
14. Cocoon
15. Mediocre Bad Guys
16. Symbol In My Driveway

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2003 release, the sophomore album from the acclaimed singer, songwriter and surfer. Adam Topol played drums and percussion while Merlo Podlewski played bass. The album was recorded at The Mango Tree studios in Hawaii.

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Jack Johnson has found himself a groove. Indeed, he Hawaiian surfing champion turned alternative pop-folk star really hasn't changed things one iota for his sophomore release. Fans of Brushfire Fairytales should be delighted with the results. The groove is a mellow one--most of the 16 tracks here are semi-acoustic--and that easy-going spirit filters into Johnson's lyrical philosophies. "What will be will be / And so it goes" he sings on "Times Like These," the opening track. Thankfully, Johnson is never too mellow, and there's a "Don't worry, be happy" vibe to most of his music. "The Horizon Has Been Defeated" even has a pseudo-reggae feel to it. Although classified as an alternative musician, the singer-songwriter's compositions owe much to past hits. "Traffic in the Sky" is remeniscent of Jim Croce's "Operator" and Looking Glass's one-hit-wonder, "Brandy." On the splendid "Taylor," Johnson sounds an awful lot like Donovan. And "By The Way" recalls the Lovin' Spoonful. -- Bill Holdship

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By Karl Becker on May 11 2004
Format: Audio CD
I don't know if there's a single CD I own that flows so effortlessly from one topic to another, weaving them all so seamlessly with a sound that doesn't wear out its welcome. Not only that, but it's not dank and dreary, but stays upbeat.
I feel Jack Johnson's personality is shining through 100% of this CD. An interview I read with him just radiated with easy, laid-back, 'take it as it comes' sensibility. He seems like a guy who would be fun to hang out with, to pick around on a guitar, go surfing, or just have some lunch. Similarly, the songs on this CD seem to fit with any of the above environments.
The only negative I could find with this CD is it may be touchy to play as background music. To a casual observer not really listening, they may say (as they did in my case) , "wow, hasn't this song been playing for a long time?" That may be because almost all songs consist of Johnson's guitar and drums, with a backup singer or second guitar sprinkled in every so often. However, if you like the sample songs you hear from this CD, you'll absolutely love to hear the album in its entirety.
I personally love his style, and was saddened to see some magazine critics pan his work as being too ordinary, boring, or similar to his last album. I prefer the sound of this album to Brushfire Fairytales, simply because it's more stripped down, seemingly devoid of studio touch-ups... though there must be a few, since everything sounds so pristine.
This is right up there on my list of albums I'd have if stuck on a desert island. Johnson would approve, and would be right there with his surfboard and guitar.
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By john b on April 11 2004
Format: Audio CD
I rated Jack Johnson's first album here not long after it came out and said that I was impressed by his ability to execute his songs lyrically and musically while still being original and interesting. When an album like 'brushfire fairytales' comes along and you listen to it, it's a good bet from (other) past experience that the follow-up will fall flat, overwhelmed by studios and producers.
Not so.
Jack Johnson is the man I would chose to be if I were a musician. He keeps getting it right, seems to be doing it on his own terms and keeps making music that is worth listening to on all levels. The album 'On and On' picks up where the other left off, moving forward with more gentle music that gives a wink and nod at the previous one but then leaves all other similarities behind. The songs are well crafted and well executed, from the happy-go-lucky 'horizon has been defeated' to the more sincere (somber) tones of 'traffic in the sky', this album is worth the listen. The only song that I would ever complain about is the song that I seem to find myself skipping on every listen: Taylor, which seems to be something that the artist shuffled his way through when making. Other than that, tracks like 'Rodeo Clowns' (originally found on a G Love and Special Sauce album, and the song that helped Jack Johnson launch himself- appearing here acousticly) and 'Mediocre Bad Guys' are instantly likeable listening.
Bottom Line: Get this one, you'll love it and love yourself for being so nice to your ears.
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Format: Audio CD
And while I liked the first album a lot, I don't mean that as a compliment. This album sounds so much like his first album that buying it is simply unnecessary. I already had a copy of Brushfire Fairytales and I want my money back!! There are generally two types of complaints that follow the release of an artist's sophomore CD: (1) It's too different! I wanted it to be like the first CD or (2) It's too similar. I want to see some musical growth! These kind of complaints make it difficult for an artist to produce something that's not going to earn some critism. But some artists slightly alter their formula, but make it similar enough to be accessible. Not true with Johnson. He didn't change his sound at all. And the second time around, it's just not as entertaining. Although I like "Times Like These," for the most part I want to fall asleep listening to this, and normally mellow music makes me feel all right. Go with Brushfire instead, or try listening to Dispatch's masterpiece "Bang Bang."
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Format: Audio CD
Like Ani DiFranco, Jack Johnson reminds you of the power of folk music. Jack Johnson has a feel for funk music that seeps into every song, making this album laid back and danceable at the same time. His voice is the perfect counterpart to the songs. He has a deep, expressive voice. The lyrics are impressive, too. Jack Johnson combines a smart sense of humor with political awareness. He's even thrown in a few biographical songs --- he sings about women who have lost their way and neighbors who have trouble getting along.
The combination of all of these elements makes this a five-star album. Jack Johnson knows how to write a catchy song, but he keeps things simple and short, never overdoing it. He'd rather stop and get to the next song than bore you. You can listen to this album all day long without getting sick of it --- and without finding a single bad song. And one more thing: If you buy this CD, you'll be supporting an independent artist. Unlike most musicians, Jack Johnson owns the copyright on his songs. If you buy this CD, you'll cut out the record company middle men.
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