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.