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.