Jack Johnson ‎– To The Sea

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chinomoreno

chinomoreno

June 28, 2012
After listening to "You And Your Heart" I immediately went to my iPod and listened to "Jesus Dont Want Me For A Sunbeam" by Nirvana. Take a listen sometime and see if you hear what I hear? It's my opinion obviously, but I immediately had to listen to "Jesus Dont Want Me For A Sunbeam" as soon as I heard "You And Your Heart"
sound.and.vision

sound.and.vision

June 13, 2010
edited over 8 years ago
Note before i begin, i am a massive fan of Mr Jack Johnson, so this review may be slightly biased.

'To The Sea' is Jack Johnson's 5th 'proper' studio album. Now i've kept up to date with his work from the start to the finish, owning all his albums and trying to own as many other releases as possible too. So it would only be right for me to buy his new album. So of course, i did. Anyway enough about me, onto the release itself.

Now being signed up to the Jack Johnson mailing list i get alot of emails about up coming albums, tours etcetera. So i was one of the first to know about him making this new album. Now a good piece of trivia is that this album was made in a mere 3 weeks! Now has that affected the album quality, well lets see.

Now i've only listened to this album twice now, and most probably my feelings will change, if so ill will 'edit' this review.

So we start this 13 track album with his latest and newest single 'You and Your Heart'. A really lovely upbeat song that was made for the forthcomming Summer. Simple instrumentation and arrangement here make for a good simple easy loving song. I am so please to see this album take off with such a good vibe, in comparison to his more deeper, and maybe mature, release 'Sleep Through The Static' - which is one of my favourite albums. So its clear, Mr Jack Johnson is going to make another 'In Between Dreams'...which was another more upbeat album and a great starting point, to get into his music. We then get onto the next track, carrying on with the more upbeat feel to the album. Now at the time of writing, 'To The Sea' isn't something that really grabs me by Johnson, and now the doubt of the quality is starting to set in.

Moving onto track three, 'No Good With Faces', the start to this track put a smile on my face...its just what i love from Jack Johnson. Just him, a guitar, soft drums, a mellow bassline which is all compliemented by a relaxing harmonica. So the albums slowed down, which i dont mind... i dont see Jack Johnson as a speedy musician, which is what i love so much about his music. And it ends like it starts, lovely.

Then we move onto a contrasting track four. Maybe people will like this track, but to me it just doesn't fit in well with what ive just listened to. Let me write this as well i can, it one of his fastest songs - maybe his actual fastest. Okay it does have a lively bounce to it, but as i said it feels strange to listen to after the mellow track three. And, well i love the guitar in both electric and acoustic form, but here i just feel its way to overpowering. And i really feel like there are too many instruements used here. This has to be the only track on the album i won't listen to very much.

And then we go right back down again with track five. A minute long, 'interlude' track featuring Jack Johnsons new discovery Paula Fuga. I wont comment on this, but he's made better interludes - Cupid (On & On) and Situations (In Between Dreams).

Track six is how track four should have been arranged. A very good upbeat song, but not too overpowering like 'At Or With Me'. The piano is pretty cool here, and you get vibes of summery memories of listening to In Between Dreams.

Track seven was the first track on this album when i thought, yes this album is good. Out pours Jack Johnsons best work... tear jerking, thinking songs. Much softer than the pervious 6, this track is very reministent of his first album, and the one previous to it. Just Jack & his guitar....can you get any better? No.

We continue with the sound of the previous track, but it is a little more pleasing with a soft bassline with complimentary female vocals from Paula. By this point, im thinking this album is another great release from Jack.

Track 9 brings back the summery feels of In Between Dreams. And brings back up your spritis from listening to 7 and 8. Track 10, doesn't exactly take me - but it carrys the high spirits from track 9.

I love track 11, and its one of the songs on the album that i really like thats an upbeat song. Its not overly powerful in its instrumentation, but you really get taken away by Jack's loveable happy voice. I dont surf, but to me this is a good surf song....or maybe would compliment a surfing video well.

I have to admit the following tracks are just beautiful. Track 12, is a lovely acoustic track again... Jack at his best. But its not as sad as track 7, but does make you think about what he is singing. The end track, has more instrumentation behind it - but is similar to 'Losing Keys' (Sleep Through...). Its a lovely track to end on, a warm hearted, slow track that is just beautiful in everywhere...and has to be one of the best tracks on the album.

So heres my conclusion. Jack produced a great album with In Between Dreams, and raked in the profits and got most of his listeners. But they if they were people looking for another happy album, they were left seldom with Sleep Through The Static...one of Jack's slowest and most emotional albums - but then people like myself absolutely loved this album. So it was going to be hard to do a follow up to such a deep album, and he wanted to satisfy his listeners from 2005. And i think he's done a great follow up with To The Sea, its alot more like In Between... in comparison to Sleep Through..., but does contain elements from both. If you like In Between Jack, listen to this album from the start. If you like Sleep Through Jack then listen to this album backwards. I dont think this album is as good of an album to bring in new listeners as In Between, but it doenst alienate his old one. Oh and the short recording period doesnt seem to have affected quality in anyway.