Jack Johnson: From The Clouds
Hopes were high when Jack Johnson announced the release of his newest album, To The Sea, in June 2010. Throughout his music career, Jack Johnson has produced music that keeps surfers, not to mention many non-surfers, relaxing in the chilled-out strums of his guitar. However, To The Sea didn?t quite end up reaching the sea. announced the release of his newest album, To The Sea, in June 2010. Throughout his music career, Jack Johnson has produced music that keeps surfers, not to mention many non-surfers, relaxing in the chilled-out strums of his guitar. However, To The Sea didn?t quite end up reaching the sea.
Originally born in Hawaii in 1975, Jack Johnson became world-renown for his ?surf-style? music when his 2001 debut album, Brushfire Fairytales, was released by Universal Records. From then on, his music just got better. Before his music career, Johnson spent his time being sponsored by clothing brand Quicksilver as a professional surfer, as well as being a surf film-maker. This can definitely explain the message behind many of his song lyrics, and the beach-feel that is put across in the gentle rhythm of his music. His peaceful melodies tend to send listeners to idyllic beaches where they can put their worries away and bathe in the sunlight, or grab a board and do nothing but surf. Jack Johnson seems to portray this as pure happiness in his songs, and I sure as hell buy it.
At age 14 Johnson started playing the guitar. After so many years of experience, and influence from artists such as Cat Stevens, he has mastered the instrument and the pleasant melody of his guitar, as well as the wide array of musical techniques he uses, come across in his music.
All of his albums have had a relaxed feeling, which tend to put the listener into a happier mood and make them feel that there is nothing to worry about in the world. And after all, that is quite possibly the best thing that music can do to people.
However, when To The Sea came along, it seemed to be quite a let-down. Although it still contains the famous Jack Johnson type of tranquil melodies and lyrics singing sweet-little-nothings, there is something lacking. After listening to the entire album, one can be found that they feel that they haven?t been delivered the full Jack Johnson package. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the surfing rhythm isn?t as prominent as it has been in his previous albums. Or it could be that his music is generally just so much mellower. And not that relaxed mellow; the type of sending-me-to-sleep mellow.
By: Amy Davidson
Jack Johnson: To The Sea album