Brushfire Fairytales

Brushfire Fairytales

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by Jack Johnson
     
 

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Like a host of kindred spirits -- a fair number of whom pitch in on this mellow-but-moving disc -- Jack Johnson likes to play fast-and-loose with musical tradition, even as he steeps himself in it. Much of Brushfire Fairytales shuffles along with the post-hippie folk-soul vibe all but perfected by Ben Harper, who pitches in with some

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Like a host of kindred spirits -- a fair number of whom pitch in on this mellow-but-moving disc -- Jack Johnson likes to play fast-and-loose with musical tradition, even as he steeps himself in it. Much of Brushfire Fairytales shuffles along with the post-hippie folk-soul vibe all but perfected by Ben Harper, who pitches in with some slide guitar on the beseeching "Flake." You might not think that the beaches of Hawaii offer much in the way of inspiration for the blues, but Johnson -- a competitive surfer as well as a first-rate tunesmith -- lets you know otherwise. He nails down the feeling of hopelessness that comes with emotional uncertainty in the softly strummed "Middle Man" (which will probably have your head hanging low as he repeats, mantra-like, the plaint "what a terrible thing to say"). He's capable of letting the sun shine in now and again, of course, and tunes like "Sexy Plexi" and "Posters" (which appeared in the extreme sports flick Out Cold) impart a little bit of that needed warmth. For the most part, however, Johnson and his cohorts -- including members of Geggy Tah and Spain -- let you enjoy the embers rather than attempting to start up a raging fire.

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All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Jack Johnson, the multi-talented American guy who likes to surf and play music, makes an honest impression on his debut album, Brushfire Fairytales. He's not focused on any genre in particular, but stays close to acoustic simplicities. Ben Harper's producer, J.P. Plunier, lends a hand and perfects Johnson's basic songwriting into a charming and inviting soundscape of songs most personal to Johnson. It's poetically abrasive, especially on tracks like "Sexy Plexi" and "Fortunate Fool," but Jack Johnson is a regular guy and his most natural feelings are indeed candid. "Inaudible Melodies" is a bluesy mix of lazy harmonies and acoustical twitching, whereas "Flake" is an easy flow of American trad rock, quite similar to Dave Matthews, but echoing steel drums and Harper's blistering lap steel guitar make for an outstanding rock & roll romp. Johnson's voice, which is hauntingly like Wes Cunningham, makes Brushfire Fairytales a decent record. He's not noisy or gregarious. He's content with his new creative finding. He might chase waves in his other life, but his songwriting ways do make for something quite charming.

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Release Date:
01/29/2002
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0042286099422
catalogNumber:
860994

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Brushfire Fairytales 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
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What we have all wanted to say is finally what we can hear. Jack Johnson is an amazing musician who, quite possibly is the best of his generation. Although some of his original work has been transformed by the producer, the continuity of his songs are still not lost. I advise everyone to get this C.D. and listen to the song ''posters''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I were on Survivor, this would be my one luxury item.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is great. If you ever have a chance to see him in concert GO. It's even better. My favs are Bubbletoes and It's All Understood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great CD to listen to if you want to relax. Jack's lyrics are creative, at times funny yet real, and his voice has a good combination of levity and folky soul. The CD is totally worth buying, so don't rob the man by burning it off of your friend! Go out, buy the CD and support Jack Johnson!! There's not one song that I would skip, but ones that I particularly enjoy include ''Sexy Plexi'' and ''Fortunate Fool''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Heya, just wanted to show how much i appreciate the amazing melodies that come out of my cd player when this cd is in it. i heard of this guy on bluetorch tv, and went to 17 different music stores, none of which carries him on the east coast. i had to get it online, cost me twice as much, but this cd is well worth it. gotta get it. smooth, mellow, makes ya feel all warm and tingly, ya know?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw these guys live in Grand Rapids, MI and they were amazing. I went and bought there CD at intermission. When I got it home I listened to it all the time. I have fallen in love with a new band.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is so good that i have probably listened to it over 100 times and i am still not sick of it. every song is awesome and the music stays in your head. i love it! it would be so great to see jack, g.love, benji harper, and dave all play together. BUY THIS CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jack Johnson is absolutly incredible. It is not often that an artist comes around with this kind of talent and great music, beginning to end. Buy this CD right now, I guarantee you will not regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jack Johnson has demonstrated that there are new directions in folk music that have yet to be discovered. That is until now. Jack's brand of funky folk with a groove is entrancing, whether played in the foreground or as background music. The album is very catchy and singable - you will find yourself belting out the tunes right along with Jack if you give the album a chance. Superb first effort and, if this album is any indication, many great things ahead!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i first got into jack this summer, i was introduced by a friend, and now i cannot listen to anything else. Jack has become my new favor artist. i just wish i could see him in concert. considering i live in Ohio, i doubt he will be bye anytime soon, but i will travel far and wide if need be. everyone pass jack on to all your friends
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is the greatest....i highly recommend it.i cant wait for their next cd!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bouncing between the wonderful lyrics and fun sounds, this album is a must have. I can't stop listening to it. The album is complete, from the first to the last song, a simple joy to listen to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
simply the best new artist i've heard in a long time. Saw him in concert, also kicked it. No bad songs every beat sticks with you yearning for more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brushfire Fairytales, is most surely one piece of art work, his melodic use of harmonics, is just extraordinary. It seems Jack has something most dont have and thats originality!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is honestly the most amazing album in the world. Well I mean theres Ben Harper and then this album...but I mean it comes close considering Ben Harper is actually on this album. But may i just state for the record, that before discovering Jack Johnson i thought i was in love....but now i truly am. what can i say-I have a thing for musicians who are just your average JOE or John?!?! PLease buy this CD- and I cross my heart that its incredibly mellow and inspiring!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This music really touched me. I think that at certain times in everyones lives they can relate to these songs. It is a definet must for any collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best CD I've bought in years. The catchy lyrics and toe tapping tunes are addictive. I find myself listening to it in the car and taking along my Walkman to listen to his CD on the way to class... Great Buy! Music can also be heard in the new snowboarding movie, OUT COLD. (with Jason London) BUY THIS CD!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
He's a little bit Donovan, Michael Franks, Elliot Smith, Jesse Winchester, and J.J. Cale rolled into one! This is a great relaxing mellow Sunday morning CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of the best works out recently in this area of music. Some times the lyrics could be more clear, but the guitar is beautiful and never too overpowering. Definite must buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jack Johnson was recently discovered by yours truly only a few days ago, and wow am i impressed. His songs give you that laid back, summertime, jazzy feeling. just what you need when it's too hot outside to move. Jack is a refreshing drink in the music world. Now if only he would tour around the midwest... :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is just the beginning for Jack. I have not met one person who does not like this disc. Bushfire Fairytales will go down as one of those classic discs which will be played for years to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The sort of album thats sits you down and gives you a nice rub down after a heavy work at week..... sensational...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had an appointment one morning at 8:30 AM that lasted for 1 hour. On my way home I FOUND a burned copy of Jack Johnson's Brushfire Fairytales! It was raining that morning so the CD was leave-covered and wet. When I brought it home I promptly rinsed it off and dried it. I was pleased to find out that it still worked!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw Jack Johnson in Vancouver and he was amazing, just one of those musicians that puts you in Awww!! I have given this album as a gift many times and people love it...