Jack Johnson makes very relaxing records. I’ve written in these pages before about how I always seem to come away from his tunes with a mellow frame of mind. Hell, even the first track here entreats “Slow down everyone, you’re moving too fast.” It seems to be his manifesto.
And like they said in the one and only Seinfeld episode I have ever seen in my life, “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.” Seriously, I like punk and metal and any rock that Rawks as much as anyone, but there’s a time and a place for that, just as there’s a time and a place for this music. This is lower-key bliss, great for house parties and hanging at the beach.
Heck, even Ben Harper who, himself, has been known to enjoy the more relaxed moments in life (be they substance-induced or not), appears here. Yup, that’s him playing slide guitar on Flake. Cool.
These are well-written songs by an artist very sure of himself and his place in this world, and that’s way more than most of us can say on any given day, if ever.
01 Inaudible Melodies
02 Middle Man
04 Sexy Plexi
06 Bubble Toes
07 Fortunate Fool
08 The News
09 Drink The Water
10 Mudfootball (For Moe Lerner)
11 F-Stop Blues
12 Losing Hope
13 It’s All Understood