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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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2002
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 042286099422
  • Catalog Number: 860994

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Inaudible Melodies (3:35)
  2. 2 Middle Man (3:14)
  3. 3 Posters (3:13)
  4. 4 Sexy Plexi (2:07)
  5. 5 Flake (4:40)
  6. 6 Bubble Toes (3:56)
  7. 7 Fortunate Fool (3:48)
  8. 8 The News (2:26)
  9. 9 Drink the Water (3:21)
  10. 10 Mudfootball (For Moe Lerner) (3:04)
  11. 11 F-Stop Blues (3:10)
  12. 12 Losing Hope (3:51)
  13. 13 It's All Understood (5:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jack Johnson Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Ben Harper Slide Guitar
Tommy Jordan Steel Drums
Merlo Podlewski Bass
Adam Topol Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
J.P. Plunier Producer, Art Direction
Dave Collins Mastering
Todd Burke Engineer
Mike King Art Direction
Jack Johnson Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    my review

    i have enjoyed making the song called flake and that is probably one of the best songs on the cd but if you have not bought my album ON AN ON well it is a very sofisticated cd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Looking forward to next project...

    I was introduced to Jack's sounds by my daughter and have been hooked ever since. I love the accoustic sound, great tracks include Flake, Bubble Toes, Fortunate Fool, and The News. His second CD, On and On is a must to have also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Serious musical ability

    I discovered jack, like so many others, by coincidence. I heard it once and not since Zeppelin 1 have I instantly loved every song on an album. I listened all summer, and still love it. If I were a musician (at least a talented one) this is the music I'd play. Jack's playing it for me...It's like he gave a voice to the artist trapped inside my talentless body. No pomp, no ego, just soul.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Great, but Good

    If you dig music that makes you feel like your toes should be in the sand, you'll enjoy this album. While it's not as strong as the follow up "On and On", it's an enjoyable disc that will garner repeat plays in your cd player.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just as amazing Live!!!!

    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...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    never get sick of this album

    You know how sometimes you buy an album because of a song you hear on the radio..(like Flake) and it may very well be that's the only good song on the album? Or you may get lucky and get a few good songs. Or maybe they are all good songs but you just get sick of hearing that album? Not with Jack Johnson's Brushfire Fairytales. I actually bought the album before even hearing Flake on the radio. I was so impressed by his lyrics, his vocals, and I guess overall talent. The album starts out good and only gets better with each song. Check out Posters which is one of my favorites and of course Flake which is fabulous.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great new sound and I love it

    I just love this cd, Jack Johnson will go far. I love his voice and can't get enough. It's definitely what to listen to on your lazy Sunday. Flake is one great single.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Lucky Find

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jack Johnson is producing New Classics

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow!

    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... :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This guy is awesome!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    sensational

    The sort of album thats sits you down and gives you a nice rub down after a heavy work at week..... sensational...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST CD I OWN

    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!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Music for the soul

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I AM IN LOVE

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i would have sex with this cd its that good

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jack has got some rhythm for real

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TOUGH!!!!!

    this cd is the greatest....i highly recommend it.i cant wait for their next cd!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You must get this.

    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.

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