JACK JOHNSON - IN BETWEEN DREAMS


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Album: In Between Dreams
Artist: Jack Johnson
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As Jack gently finger picks the intro to Better Together and the band joins in to provide the relaxed melody that they have become known for, it is easy to see that Jack hasn't changed his style for his first release (In Between Dreams) after blowing up. His second release on his own label (Brushfire Records), will be on display on shelves at Walmart, HMV and any record store in between. That being said, this album shows that the Jack's song writing is going new places and the band is growing.

This review is probably biased. I have been a huge Jack fan for years. I've seen him 10 or 11 times live, and even named my book (Cupid Only Misses Sometimes) after one of his songs. His relaxed mellow reggae grooves have always hit home. This album still has that, but for the first time I think the band has some freedom to play. They even grabbed Zach from ALO playing piano on a few tracks. I can't help but notice that Staple it Together sounds more like a G. Love track than a Jack track, and these influences add a lot to the album.

All in all, like every Jack album, there are great songs (Better Together, Never Know, Good People, Sitting Waiting, Wishing) and some filler (Belle), but the album is such an enjoyable listen that I don't know how any fan of his past music could complain. I was surprised to see another version of Breakdown (released on Handsome Boy Modeling School latest album - White People) included, but it is a solid track and it uses the eukele. C'maan guy, it's a euke!

So buy this album, hear it on the radio, at Starbuck's or at every party you go to for the next 6 months. This is one artist I actually hope everyone supports.


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