Sail off I say – alongside Hawaii native Jack Johnson that is. The surfer, musician, and just all around chill guy introduces the world to his newest full-length album – To The Sea.
Johnson’s sixth full-length release, which includes the 2006 sound track to the Curious George film, is in no rush. It really gives off the stop and smell the flowers type of feel.
Which is exactly what any Johnson fan should be expecting.
The album, which was recorded in Johnson’s solar powered recording studios in California and Hawaii, should be plugged into the headsets and loud speakers everywhere so we can all listen. Throw this stuff on in airports, offices, and warehouses and watch the world smile with Johnson.
This album is slow, light – and the easiest listening there is.
What started out as surfer rock for Johnson, or better yet – acoustic campfire songs – this album has a bit more pop and flavour. His backing band is as stellar as he is and gives the record a bit more energy, maybe even more commercial value. When I Look Up isn’t an acoustic song, but more of a rock ensemble with some great keyboard rhythms, and a great crunchy guitar lead.
No doubt though – this record is beautiful. This far into Johnson’s career, he doesn’t choose to take a different route with his song writing. It’s still the same banana pancake making Jack Johnson that fans across the world have come to expect. And that is exactly what everyone wants – he provides it. Play this when your happy, sad, angry, or grumpy – and watch the tides shift, and float away with this album.
A really wonderful, easy listening record that is sure to jump onto radios, televisions, maybe even the boom box in your backyard real soon.
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