On and On

On and On

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by Jack Johnson
     
 

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Yes, Jack Johnson takes the term laid-back to levels the La-Z-Boy folks couldn't even dream of reaching. But rather than fall victim to torpor, the surfer-turned-rocker manages to recreate the pleasantly wasted vibe one gets after spending a long summer day basking in the sun. Like his major-label bow, Brushfire Fairytales,See more details below

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Yes, Jack Johnson takes the term laid-back to levels the La-Z-Boy folks couldn't even dream of reaching. But rather than fall victim to torpor, the surfer-turned-rocker manages to recreate the pleasantly wasted vibe one gets after spending a long summer day basking in the sun. Like his major-label bow, Brushfire Fairytales, his follow-up mixes acoustic jangle with a placid reggae vibe -- the latter is most evident on the lilting "The Horizon Has Been Defeated." This time around, Johnson pulls the song structures together a little more tightly, evoking classic early-'70s pop on the chugging "Traffic in the Sky" and bringing a loose, jug-band feel to "By the Way." At times, as on the fluffy "Taylor," he gets so ethereal that he threatens to fly off terra firma altogether. But there's enough earthy grounding in songs like "Holes to Heaven," thanks to both Johnson's own aesthetic and to the subtly funky bass playing of Merlo Podlewski (late of Spain), to keep the proceedings rooted but right. Refreshing and restorative, On and On is exactly the kind of tonic to freshen your spirit and keep your limbs moving well into the wee hours -- or provide a sunrise eye-opener, as the case may be.

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All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
It took Jack Johnson two years to break into the mainstream with his debut album, Brushfire Fairytales, and by the time it went platinum in early 2003, his star power was unstoppable. Twentysomethings and college kids across the globe often compared Johnson's comfortable approach to the fiery Ben Harper, so when it came time to make a second album, Johnson basically picked up where the first album left off. On and On is a sparkling sophomore effort, carefully designed to avoid any kind of critical slump. Fans will enjoy Johnson's soothing ballads and boy-next-door charms, never looking beyond the surface of the songs themselves. Producer Mario Caldato, Jr. (Beastie Boys, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion) hones Johnson's feel-good vibe and polishes his signature acoustic guitars, while the musician himself continues honing his genre-blending sound. Johnson gets serious this time, too: he playfully expounds on America's sickening dependence on material things ("Gone") and its subconscious ill will with today's youth ("Cookie Jar"). Other views on world war ("Traffic in the Sky") and a capitalistic, business-obsessed way of life ("The Horizon Has Been Defeated") are gently reflected upon without reproach. Johnson doesn't need to be an aggressive messenger to get his point across; the sales of Brushfire Fairytales make that quite clear. Instead, people listen to Johnson's musical commentary because he puts himself on their level, shunning the philosophical preaching of his counterpart, Harper. On and On keeps things simple in sound and time, and the only noticeable change is that Johnson didn't lyrically restrain himself. There are 17 solid tracks featured here, each one of them rooted in spiritual grooves,funk, and blues. In dire times, Johnson is sunny -- and sunny always feels good.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2003
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0044007501221
catalogNumber:
075012
Rank:
24970

Tracks

  1. Times Like These  - Jack Johnson
  2. The Horizon Has Been Defeated  - Jack Johnson
  3. Traffic in the Sky  - Jack Johnson
  4. Taylor  - Jack Johnson
  5. Gone  - Jack Johnson
  6. Cupid  - Jack Johnson
  7. Wasting Time  - Jack Johnson
  8. Holes to Heaven  - Jack Johnson
  9. Dreams Be Dreams  - Jack Johnson
  10. Tomorrow Morning  - Jack Johnson
  11. Fall Line  - Jack Johnson
  12. Cookie Jar  - Jack Johnson
  13. Rodeo Clowns  - Jack Johnson
  14. Cocoon  - Jack Johnson
  15. Mediocre Bad Guys  - Jack Johnson
  16. Symbol in My Driveway  - Jack Johnson

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