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  • Audio CD (Feb. 5 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000Z0UEU6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,464 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. All At Once
2. Sleep Through the Static
3. Hope
4. Angel
5. Enemy
6. If I Had Eyes
7. Same Girl
8. What You Thought You Needed
9. Adrift
10. Go On
11. They Do They Don't
12. While We Wait
13. Monsoon
14. Losing Keys

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Surfer and singer-songwriter Jack Johnson returns with his fifth release Sleep Through the Static. Recorded directly to tape to achieve analog purity, the 14-track CD is filled with mellow, acoustic sounds with a bit of electric thrown into the mix, including the single 'If I Had Eyes'. Per Jack, 'At this point in my life I weigh about 190 lbs and my ear hairs are getting longer. I also have a couple of kids. My wife popped them out, but I helped. Some of the songs on this album are about making babies. Some of the songs are about raising them. Some of the songs are about the world that these children will grow up in; a world of war and love, and hate, and time and space. Some of the songs are about saying goodbye to people I love and will miss.' He recorded the songs onto analog tape machines powered by the sun in Hawaii and Los Angeles. 14 tracks. Universal. 2008


Jack Johnson recorded his fourth album using nothing but solar power. This is somehow fitting for a singer-songwriter, surfer, and filmmaker who spends most of his days floating in the ocean under Hawaii's open skies. The forces of nature certainly seem to have found their way into the mellow grooves of standout tracks like "What You Thought You Need," "Adrift," and "Go On," songs so lovely and effortless that you can almost hear the melodies coming to Johnson on a warm breeze that rustles through the coconut trees. Sleep Through the Static documents his best work to date, even better than the Curious George soundtrack. The sedate singer transforms the acoustic campfire strums of the past into sublime, soulful ruminations on his wife, kids, and the state of the world. He even manages to conjure up some real anger on the title track, which is hardly diminished by its lavish grooves and glistening harmonies. --Aidin Vaziri

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Format: Audio CD
"Sleep Through The Static" is the fifth studio album from Hawaiian singer-songwriter Jack Johnson and it is the follow up to his hugely successful "In Between Dreams" album.
The singer songwriter that brought you famous songs "Taylor", "Upside Down" and "Breakdown" returns with a very much anticipated fifth album in which his son, Moe, contributed on songwriting for the chorus.
Rumor has it that most of his inspiration for his new album came from his family as well as "the world that they will grow up in".
This album offers great tracks like "Angel", "While We wait", "Same Girl", "Adrift", "Home", "Hope", "What You Thought You Needed" with his signature laidback sound.
Musically (the speed going from slow to fairly slow) it becomes an unvariegated lump of acoustic comfort.
A greater problem is Johnson's inability - or, perhaps, unwillingness? - to alter his one-tone-fits-all delivery.
Jack Johnson is a first class singer/songwriter who while embracing the lyrical style of many songwriters, approaches the music from a more contemporary angle.
It's best described as a mix of folk, roots, and pop, and it's a mix that works incredibly well.
To his fans, Jack Johnson makes music as summery and relaxing as a stroll along the beach on a balmy July evening.
The first single's title "If I Had Eyes" sounds a bit worrying - why doesn't he have eyes? But the song is actually about losing someone you love when a long term relationship ends and not expressing how you feel.
"If I had eyes in the back of my head I would have told you that you looked good as I walked away".
Although it's a sad song-lyric wise, the sound means you won't get depressed and he does talk about winning someone back.
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You know what to expect when you buy an album from Jack Johnson : laid-back contemporary folk, wonderfully naive lyrics, smooth vocals and low-key production. "Sleep through the static" won't disappoint the longtime fans who can't get enough of this unique and peculiar talent; and apparently there are many of them, since the album debuted at # 1 in many countries.

The album strolls along casually, each song perfectly blending into the next, creating a warm and relaxing listening experience. Jack's voice is as soothing as ever, and the entire album is reflexive and perfectly suited to these last winter days. Highlights include "Monsoon", the first single "If I had eyes", "Angel", the catchy "Hope" (which could have been included on the "Curious George" soundtrack) and the politically charged title track. "Enemy" is also quite arresting, and delivers a heartwarming view on interpersonal relationships that can take a whole additional meaning in the current state of the world. The album may get a little too homogeneous for its own good, but Jack has a definite style and sticks to it, for better or for worse.

"Sleep through the static" may not break any new ground for Johnson, but it's a strong reminder of why so many people find him so endearing as an artist.
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Jack Johnson's at it again with his fifth album, Sleep Through the Static. For any Jack Johnson fan this is a must have as Jack continues to come through with laid-back, feel-good songs. I would say, however, for anyone looking for their first Jack Johnson CD, that this is not the one to start off with. While it is a good album, some of his earlier albums, namely In Between Dreams and Curious George are better in my opinion.
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