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Brushfire Fairytales

4.5 out of 5 stars 283 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (April 9 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B00005V8PZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 283 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,850 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Inaudible Melodies
2. Middle Man
3. Posters
4. Sexy Plexi
5. Flake
6. Bubble Toes
7. Fortunate Fool
8. The News
9. Drink the Water
10. Mudfootball
11. F-Stop Blues
12. Losing Hope
13. It's All Understood

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Fans of Willy Porter, Ben Harper, and G. Love will all want to check out Jack Johnson's engaging folk- and blues-inflected pop. Born in Oahu, Hawaii, Johnson, a former surfer and film-school graduate, has a knack for acoustic ballads whose calm surfaces hide a subtle but strong lyrical undertow. "It seems to me that 'maybe' pretty much always means 'no,'" sings Johnson on "Flake," which features crony Harper on slide guitar. Production by J.P. Plunier (who also handles Harper's recordings) is simple and uncluttered: acoustic guitar and drum tracks share the foreground with Johnson's easygoing vocals, which evoke everyone from G. Love (who recorded Johnson's "Rodeo Clowns" on his Philadelphonic album) to Nick Drake to Willy Porter. And while Johnson may not have Porter's guitar chops, these songs have a relaxed beauty and understated depth that reward repeated listening. --Bill Forman

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Fans of Willy Porter, Ben Harper, and G. Love will all want to check out Jack Johnson's engaging folk- and blues-inflected pop. Born in Oahu, Hawaii, Johnson, a former surfer and film-school graduate, has a knack for acoustic ballads whose calm surfaces hide a subtle but strong lyrical undertow. "It seems to me that 'maybe' pretty much always means 'no,'" sings Johnson on "Flake," which features crony Harper on slide guitar. Production by J.P. Plunier (who also handles Harper's recordings) is simple and uncluttered: acoustic guitar and drum tracks share the foreground with Johnson's easygoing vocals, which evoke everyone from G. Love (who recorded Johnson's "Rodeo Clowns" on his Philadelphonic album) to Nick Drake to Willy Porter. And while Johnson may not have Porter's guitar chops, these songs have a relaxed beauty and understated depth that reward repeated listening. --Bill Forman


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Format: Audio CD
I was in a rush and grabbed the wrong cd out of my friend's car one night. When I got home, I realized my mistake, but threw "Brushfire Fairytales" on anyway, just to check it out. I wound up listening to it three times in a row and became an instant fan.
Jack Johnson's voice will invoke many feelings in the listener, from wanting to fall in love, to wanting to spend the day on the beach, to missing a lover, to packing up and taking a roadtrip. Whichever feeling it arouses, one thing is constant: Johnson's voice will get into your bones and stay there.
Stylistically, you can hear shades of many different artists in his music. For instance, you can't help but think of the Chili Peppers in songs like "Poster", or Sublime in the song "Sexy Plexi", or G. Love (who Johnson frequently performs with) in the nostalgic "Mudfootball", but you never feel like Johnson is copying them; rather paying tribute.
Lyrically, I haven't been this excited about a contemporary artist since I discovered David Gray. Johnson hides some pretty introspective lyrics under deceptively simple, often upbeat melodies. For instance, upon first listen, "Bubble Toes" could pass as just another catchy pop tune, but the lyrics (She's got a whole lot of reasons/She cant think of a single one/That can justify leaving/and he got none but he thinks he got so many problems/ Man he got, too much time to waste) prove otherwise. Another example is the addictive "Flake," (It seems to me that maybe/It pretty much always means no).
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Can you dig it? I ran into this music by sheer chance. Lucky me! This stuff is great. Intelligent, laid back, vibrant, and breezy. I wonder if this is what the Red Hot Chili Peppers would sound like had they not experimented with drugs, and took a long vacation to the Carribean of Hawaii, perhaps. This is the kind of stuff barbeques and beach parties were made for. A great bunch of songs here that can help even this overworked underpaid NYC native chill out. For real. This is better than therapy. Iced Corona, flip flops, hot dogs, optional. Brushfire, a must.
By the way, I think he's performing at Central Park Summerstage this Summer.
(For the person who said Jack Johnson sounds like how Jimi Hendrix would sing, for your information, the voice on Jimi Hendrix records IS Jimi Hendrix. I understand the confusion, because when I first heard Jimi Hendrix I thought Jimi was the guitar player and Hendrix was the lead singer. Little did I know it was the same person. By the way, I got a nice piece of the Brooklyn Bridge to sell you. Ha!)
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Length - 46:17
I first heard about Jack Johnson per another group I really enjoy, G. Love & Special Sauce. On one of their albums, Philadelphonic, Jack Johnson is featured playing his lush, sweet-sounding chords on the best song of the album, Rodeo Clowns (If you have never heard that song before and you like this album, I highly recommend picking up Philadelphonic for that track). I'm so glad I finally got around to picking up this album, because it's even better than the aforementioned Philadelphonic. Actually, it's much better. From the opening notes of Inaudible Melodies, I was hooked, realed in, and beached with listening pleasure. What a great opener! It starts off slowly, beautifully, starts to rock, then slows to a sway, sweeping and simmering to a graceful finishing chord. Middle Man is a little less inviting than its predecessor, but a good song nonetheless. Posters blows me away. With sensational chord progressions and a blissful, ebullient hook, it's one of those tracks that reminds you why music is such a great thing. Sexy Plexi follows with a different vibe, a darker, sexier one. I don't really like this number too much, but it's only two minutes long and doesn't take away from the overall quality of the disc. Flake is a beauty. With a warm, emotive harmony and a fantastic refrain, it refreshes my heart time after time. Bubble Toes, which from what I read seems to be the fan-favorite, is another excellent song. Probably the most hummable tune, it starts off softly, then flows into a super smooth rhythm sing-a-long chant, something like "La duh da duh da duh, La duh da da." Fortunate Fool follows with the most laidback feel of all the tracks. It's a very chill, very nice number. The News is a rueful, somewhat biting song about cold news reporters and all the badness in the world.
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Let me first say that I like a lot of different types of music. But, I heard some of Jack Johnson's stuff and dismissed him to the extreme. His sound seemed monotonous and formulated. But, it took two things to make me a convert.
1. I saw him a few weeks ago with Ben Harper at Red Rocks. That show was amazing to put it mildly, Jack's set was relaxed, got me dancing and mellow, I liked it a lot, nice voice, decent guitar player, catchy stuff. So that made me want more. I got the album and listened to it, disappointed that I had predicted his monotony at first, then I found it. Listen to the song, "the news," and you'll see why this guy has it going on. Rarely do I tear up when I listen to music, unless it's someone like Nick Drake or David Gray or Van Morrison. But "why don't the newscasters cry when they read about people who die" just did it for me, so I rate this 4 stars. Not 5 because I still think he needs a bit mor variety and some of the songs are weak in my opinion, but I'm very critical. I berated Jack Johnson, now I like him a lot, don't make the same mistake I did, just buy it if you want, if you don't, don't. That's all there is to it. But at least hear "The news" before you make your decision to buy or not to buy, then think again. Is Jack Johnson the greatest talent of our time? That's a matter of pure opinion. But I learned a valuable lesson, give an album a full listen and chance before you decide you do or don't like it.
Hope this helped, thanks for reading,
Peace,
Dave
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