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4.0 out of 5 stars Summery and addictive.,
This review is from: Sleep Through The Static (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.
While the disc is both musically and lyrically sophisticated, it's incredibly accessible and easy to listen to, the melodies ensure the songs work on first listen, even before you've had chance to get to grips with the lyrics.
Highlights are the excellent "Sleep Through The Static", "All at Once", the shimmering, hypnotic "If I Had Eyes", which work their way into your brain, and "Lodestar", four songs that cover a wide range of styles and sum up the disc perfectly.
Another brilliant work from the talented acoustic-folk-rock singer.
A highly recommended album to have!
Have a great listening expeience.
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Album,
This review is from: Sleep Through The Static (Audio CD)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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Jack Johnson doing what he does best,
This review is from: Sleep Through The Static (Audio CD)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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Sleep Through The Static by Jack Johnson (Audio CD - 2008)
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