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Thicker Than Water Soundtrack
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Those who know Jack Johnson only as college radio fave are in for a pleasant surprise here, as are wave-riding aficionados with a taste for eclectic, cooled-out musical vibes. The project Surfer magazine hailed as 2000's Video of the Year was originally a collaboration between surfing champ/then-USC film student Johnson and school colleagues Chris and Dan Malloy. But Johnson also gratifyingly took the opportunity to prove that "surf music" is purely a subjective term; indeed, electric instruments are few and far between here, let alone the traditional buzzsaw licks of such genre stalwarts as Dick Dale and Gary Hoey. Instead, Johnson has stitched together an organically focused, acoustic-centered collection that would seem as welcome on a shady creek bank as a sunny, wave-lapped beach. Johnson offers up an acoustic take of his sophomore album's "Holes to Heaven" and the sprightly instrumentals "Moonshine" and "Cove," while longtime associate G. Love duets on the spare, rootsy "Rainbow." Love and band Special Sauce also contribute the even grittier instrumental "Hobo Blues" and laconic "Honor and Harmony." But its also a collection that ventures as far afield as The Meters' 70's-funky "Liver Splash"., Finley Quaye's spare soul, the folk-raga of Kalyanji/Anadji's "My Guru" and the spacey, haunting "Dark Water and Stars" by Natural Calamity. --Jerry McCulley
Top Customer Reviews
Some of the waves surfed in this film are dramatic; I am pretty sure one of them is Teahupoo in Tahiti, a wave to equal almost any in the world in ferocity and the drastic consequences of a wipeout on it. Unfortunately there is no indication either in the film or in the credits where any of the footage was shot, which is a shame and also an unneccessary omission.
But please, surfing is an adrenaline sport and whilst, with the exception of the (maybe) Teahupoo footage, the waves surfed in this movie are not particularly big, this movie fails to capture any of the dynamism and excitement that is an integral part of surfing. This is despite the fact that many of the world's best surfers feature in it! Because there is no storyline or dialogue, the soundtrack dominates the aural part of the experience and the soundtrack is just awful. It is soporific mush. What you experience with your ears is completely at odds with what you see with your eyes. There is no synergy between the two whatsoever.
If you are desperate to add to your surf movie collection, then this one is watchable, just. If you want to be more selective, then any of the Endless Summer trilogy or Billabong Odyssey would be a far better choice.
And if you only want to buy one surf movie, then it has to be Step Into Liquid, which is a million miles better than this one.
In fact, if you want to buy ten surf movies, buy one copy of Step Into Liquid and watch it ten times!
Most recent customer reviews
This movie is VERY srtsy for a surfing film, wihch is why i like it so much... it is one of the BEST surfing movies, however, i have ever seen... it is definitely epic... Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by R. Rose
I love surfing movies but this one stinks. The surfing is interesting to watch but the music sucked big time. It put me to sleep it was so bad.Published on June 26 2004 by L. Gordy
I didn't hear of Jack Johnson until I heard On and On at a bar one night and I was floored. After I bought On and On I went out and bought Thicker Than Water and was equally... Read morePublished on June 20 2004 by James Morgan
I got really tired of seeing the same old bottom turns and off the lips over and over again. Most of the waves are quite small and the best and largest waves come at the end of... Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by Andrew Peterson, author of "First to Kill"
The footage in this flick is great. The music sucks. It's mostly bluesy un-plugged funk and slide guitar rambling and wanking throughout. Read morePublished on April 11 2004
i gav ethis a one star because it only includes about 1/3 of the actual soundtrack from the movie (which includes the music from the awesome extra footage). Read morePublished on March 27 2004 by erik rasmssen
by far one of the best surf films ever. the camera work is simply amazing and the music captures the essence of the film perfectly. Read morePublished on March 20 2004 by Mike Marziano
A friend of mine showed me this movie a while back and I liked the music in it so much that I had to buy the soundtrack. Read morePublished on March 9 2004 by Rachael Weller
This is an excellent CD to listen to while driving up and down the California coast. Jack Johnson seems to be getting better and better. Read morePublished on March 8 2004