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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: #3,614 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.


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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4.5 out of 5 stars

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Format: Audio CD
when jack johnson's audience turned the corner from cult surfing followers to AAA radio america, he didn't change anything and that, right there is a positive. regardless of genre, whenever that corner gets turned on its preverbial head, the music changes - mostly for a poppier and more horid direction. so congrats to jj for staying away from the trap. however, just because he stayed away from the trap, does not validate the critical calls of "classic!"
cries of deep lyrics are pseudo back handed. when compared to many of his contemporaries, songs like "cookie jar" may hold some weight, but overall this album still enduces those frat boy party mentalities. which, in all honesty, is the audience around the corner - doing a keg stand. it still remains that the height of lyricism remains from the hungry unknowns. if the minimalistic acoustic driven rock is your fancy and you need some lyrics worth a second thought, my you might want to check out Blue-Eyed Son's "West of Lincoln." i heard "The Tide" on a local college station and at first was appauled that his voice reminded me so much of Elliott Smith, but all was soon forgotten with the catchy hooks and wonderful melodies. i broke down and bought the CD and was happy. And if you're reading this review, you might want to think of turning another artist's corner - or at the very least, checking it out.
there are positives to say about mr. johnson. sure, you throw it on at a party and the guy pouring the shots at the ice luge might hit you with a double b/c of his fascination with this surfing/acoustic ape of an artist. but please, don't fool yourself into thinking that this is some of the greatest song writing of the last century, its not even the best over the past five years.
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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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By "had2burn" on Feb. 24 2004
Format: Audio CD
Jack Johnson is a talented musician, but he's yet to show just how talented he is. He needs more variety. This album is great if you just want something chill playing in the background, but it's not worth really listening to.
The problem is not that there are any bad songs on this CD. In fact, every song on it is good. But they all sound the same. I have a hard time distinguishing one Jack Johnson song from any other. And this CD sounds no different from Brushfire Fairytales, which suffers the same problem. The bass lines, guitar riffs, and melodies are all so similar that it gets really boring.
Jack Johnson is talented though. He has some great lyrics. It's just really unfortunate that the songs aren't different enough to make it worth listening to. Maybe if there were less songs, it wouldn't be so bad, but 16 tracks of the same thing over and over again is not what I call an outstanding album. I hope he branches out for his next one and writes some songs that really establish themselves as different.
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