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In Between Dreams
     

In Between Dreams

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by Jack Johnson
 

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Not a lot changes in the world of Jack Johnson -- a realm where old pals sit around shooting the breeze about life's little pleasures and shrugging off the outside world's minor setbacks. Thanks to the surfer-turned-songwriter's aw-shucks attitude and easygoing delivery, however, that steadiness is more comforting than it is tedious, particularly on homespun tracks

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Not a lot changes in the world of Jack Johnson -- a realm where old pals sit around shooting the breeze about life's little pleasures and shrugging off the outside world's minor setbacks. Thanks to the surfer-turned-songwriter's aw-shucks attitude and easygoing delivery, however, that steadiness is more comforting than it is tedious, particularly on homespun tracks like the shuffling "Banana Pancakes" and "Good People," a piano-laced tune as sweet anything in the catalog of the Lovin' Spoonful. As ever, Johnson occasionally slips into low-key hip-hop -- offering up a re-recorded rendition of "Breakdown," his contribution to Handsome Boy Modeling School's White People -- but the mood of In Between Dreams is never too rambunctious. Instead of rollicking, Johnson prefers to serenade, an approach that works particularly well on the deceptively simple "Belle" and the unabashedly giddy "Better Together." Yeah, he's a little more crafty with his songwriting these days, as evidenced by "Sitting, Wishing, Waiting," a tune that leavens its lovelorn musing with enough winks to keep sappiness at bay. But that evolution hasn't taken anything away from Johnson's guileless charm -- which is fortunate, since that's what sets him apart from the competition.

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All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson writes songs that just feel good, sticking to an equation that combines his warm, relaxed voice with an acoustic guitar. That cozy formula made him a favorite among American college crowds, so it's no surprise that Johnson sticks with what he does best for his third album, In Between Dreams. Producer Mario Caldato, Jr. is back again, touching up Johnson's summery backdrop for another playful set of songs. The genre-blending charm and sweetness that fueled Brushfire Fairytales and On and On hasn't changed that much, but does it really have to? Johnson, alongside drummer Adam Topol and bassist Merlo Podlewski, makes safe records. While there isn't anything wrong with that, taking a few more risks sonically and lyrically wouldn't work against him. Tender moments such as "If I Could" and "No Other Way" showcase a more reserved side on In Between Dreams. Other highlights include the lullaby-like "Breakdown" and the bossa nova rhythms of "Do You Remember." Whether he's singing about being in love -- which he does quite well on "Better Together" and "Banana Pancakes" -- or reflecting on its hardships, Johnson's laid-back approach is his biggest strength. In Between Dreams is a bit brighter and more upbeat, but his song remains the same.

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Release Date:
03/01/2005
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0602498800331
catalogNumber:
000414902
Rank:
2564

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In Between Dreams 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Susie_Derkins More than 1 year ago
In Between Dreams was the catalyst in my traveling to the South Caribbean in '05. Granted, I also hated my job at the time, but I remember listening to this album and truly needing to be on a beach. It is a hammock. The first couple notes in Better Together transform my mood and suddenly I've nowhere to be, nothing to do, and the running to get wherever I'm going has ebbed to a gentle stroll. The track lineup flows naturally, and did I mention making banana pancakes sounds like the most wonderful thing in the world? Excellent work, Mr. Johnson.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have all three of his CD's and this one is the best by far!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like this album. The songs all are really great. Personal favs include: banana pancakes, crying shame, flake and do you remember.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the new disc by Jack Johnson!! I'm a new fan, and I'll probably be a fan for a long time. This CD is really easy to listen to and the vocals are smooth. It's great for a lazy day at home. I especially enjoyed the tracks "Constellations", "Better Together", "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing", and "Never Know". I highly recommend this Cd and the artist as well!! Happy listening!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was first introduced to Jack Johnson music by a friend who knew I liked John Mayer. Their styles may be similar, but don't expect too much similarity. Then I found out my college aged daughter and her friends were listening to him, or more truthfully she found out I was! So, long story short, he is an artist for everyone who loves real, good music. With soulful lyrics and just enough playfulness to be fun and not too serious in each cd, I've enjoyed every one of them over and over and over... My daughter and I did get a chance to see him live with Matt Costa, who is also awesome! in KC - His concerts are FUN! Laid back, just like his music. When he comes anywhere near your town - GO! You'll have a great time. Now, I am a loyal, true-blue "Jack" fan. John who? (JK - still lovin the Mayer sound!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
jack johnson rules. he has his own genre of music. and may he have many more years in the biz. i use all of his cds for when i work at post-game sports events doing massage on the athletes. great stuff, relaxing without tiring, with just enough tempo :o)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is sinker :( Jack had his boat sailing in the right direction with his first 2 albums. This time round he fell in the deepend and forgot how to swim. Poor Jacks taken on new styles and left behind the groove that first caught my ear. It seems he failed to perfect what he had going, so he simply moved on. Jack's voice range did get higher but i miss the monotone'ness that got him going. Someone give Jack his balls back, cause they are clearly gone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is his third album and is not the best one. it is still great and is still jack. ill listen to anything he puts out cause his music is so real. for those people who dont like it, thats o.k. you still paid for it and try not to make your review sound like a new york times music review. your not the artist. and the missing his balls comment from cody was pointless. jacks music is great. did you think his music was hard core before? relax. its just good music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is, with no question, Jack Johnson's best work yet. The songs are all incredible and smooth. This mans talent is endless. Keep up the good work Jack!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great album by a great artist. I personally like the songs here better than the other two albums. With easy listening guitar and vocals it is the perfect mix after a long day. My favorites off of this album are "Better Together", "Good People", and "Never Know". This is a great CD!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jack Johnson is the long lost cousin of Jimmy Buffett....He is able to make you feel like you are sitting at the beach when you are stuck in city traffic.The latest effort from Mr. Johnson sticks to the sound he knows best....Simple...Mellow....Perfect.Breakdown sounds as if Jack is sitting back watching the world around him slowly fade from his view....If I could lets Jack realize that no matter how popular and rich this guy gets,that there is still is alot of misery in this world.No other way shows Jack at his best.....Jack is at point in his career when some fans are going to want him to develope as a artist.....try new stuff....The day he does is when his other fans will say "Jack has left his original fans".From the sound of this record he might be doing this slowly. Brushfire Fairytales Pt.3 ? I want to see this guy push the limits...he can always return to this...Still a solid record.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Braddah Jack got dis one right! Wen you stuck somewea else you play BREAKDOWN (Trk 11) on dis album goin' make you like be right back at the beach waitin' fo dis train (the mainland) to BREAKDOWN so you can surf da kine waves on the North Shore. You keep listenin' to the song cuz' it says in the middle of the song it describes the way I feel everytime I go back "...So I don't even make a sound, cause it's gonna STING when I leave this town." The album is Highly Recommended! Listen to'em if you stuck on the mainland cuz' the da kine album going take you right back to the ocean sitting unda the kamani nut tree waitin' for the surf to pick braddah. Dis how braddah Jack, Red Raidah fo' life, do'em cuz'. No sced'em Go get'em.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is awesome. I dont know what that cody guy is talking about but it is jacks best album yet. Maybe you should grow some balls of your own cody!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is incredible, if you enjoyed his old stuff, just wait. This new cd is 20 times better!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jack Johnsons constant fluidity and combination of somber and uplifitng tones really captivate quality music. A great cd, and comparable if not many times better than previous albums. A classic. Reaal good to smoke to... haha
Fred_DeLeon More than 1 year ago
This is definetly Jack's best CD, You won't be able to stop listening to it. It's just fantastic. He's a Great singer and a great Guitarist. Everyone needs to get this CD!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far his best album yet!!!! There is just something so relaxing and peaceful about it. Most definetly a feel good listen for everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD the other day. My first from this artist. I love it. The lyrics are written so well. You can really relate to his songs no matter who you are. I recommend this CD for your collection a must have
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jack Johnson is a great Artist to listen to no matter what mood you're in or what you're doing. My teacher plays it when we are working in class (that's where i first heard it) and then I come home and listen to it over and over again! When i'm not listenind to it I'm hummung one of the catchy tunes :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jack Johnson is one of the best singers and guitarist you will ever hear. I definently reccomend this cd and all of his others! He has alot of grest music and has a small assortment of diffrent kinds of music. I have personaly been to his concert and he was wonderful. If you like his music you should also try : g-love, Ben Harper, and the Dave Mathews band!