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Sleep Through the Static [Bonus Tracks]
     

Sleep Through the Static [Bonus Tracks]

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by Jack Johnson
 

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For his fifth studio album, Jack Johnson makes some changes: Recording in Los Angeles for the first time instead of his native Hawaii, the album also promises prominent electric guitar -- a big shift from his acoustic-based sound. But fans can rest assured that Johnson will bring his sunny, laidback songwriting style and intimate lyrics.

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For his fifth studio album, Jack Johnson makes some changes: Recording in Los Angeles for the first time instead of his native Hawaii, the album also promises prominent electric guitar -- a big shift from his acoustic-based sound. But fans can rest assured that Johnson will bring his sunny, laidback songwriting style and intimate lyrics.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Much of the press surrounding the release of Sleep Through the Static recounted Jack Johnson's claim that he gave all his peppy pop tunes over to the Curious George soundtrack and how that, combined with personal losses -- including the death of his cousin Danny Riley, to whom the album is dedicated -- led the surfing singer/songwriter into darker territory for his fifth album. To a certain extent, all of that is true, as the album does open with an atypically stark, moody number in "All at Once" and there are some darker sentiments lurking within the 14 songs here, but it takes some close listening to find the sorrow flowing through some of the words. Some very close listening, really, as Johnson's sand-brushed, gentle voice doesn't command attention. His voice lulls and soothes, so it takes concentrated effort to hear beyond his tone and hear what he's actually saying. Then again, the meaning of Johnson's music doesn't matter as much as the mellow mood, a feeling that he's sustained throughout his albums and doesn't change here. Johnson may use more electric guitars than acoustics on Sleep Through the Static, but he's strumming them like acoustics and his overall aesthetic has not changed at all: he's still a laid-back guy singing songs that roll so easy they glide into the background. No matter what instrument he's playing or what he's singing about, his music still feels the same, which is enough to satisfy his fans but not to win him many new ones. [Universal Int'l's 2008 reissue included six remixes on a bonus CD.]
Entertainment Weekly - Simon Vozick-Levinson
...dark sentiments are balanced by warm melodies and gently rootsy arrangements. [B+]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/15/2008
Label:
Universal Uk
UPC:
0602517764903
catalogNumber:
1776490

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Sleep Through the Static 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is awesome and already has one of my favorite songs (Angel). Buy this CD you will not regret it. J.J. fills the void of todays music that lacks good lyrics and integrity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love it. A little bit different than his previous albums but he has the same laid back positive attitude that made me a fan of his in the first place. I especially like "Angel" and "What You Thought You Need".
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jack may have jumped the shark with this cd. Like most TV sitcoms that run out of funny topics and start trying to make social statements as they lose viewers, I'm afraid Jack's attempt to make his political and social statements have made for his worst work yet. Get back to making fun music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great music, he's still going strong. The songs have the same laid back quality without being repetitive. This might just be his best album yet. I especially enjoyed "Enemy" and "Sleep Through the Static"
Guest More than 1 year ago
To be honest the intial listen was tough. But after a few listens I enjoyed the unforced nature in the development of his songs and this album. After three years waiting I'm happy to have new jack johnson tracks. More mellow mixed in with deeper meloncholy lyrics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the same old JJ, just a inferior repeat of "In Between Dreams"....Boring, slow, and literally sleep-inducing. I keep playing it, hoping for a flash of musical light to strike me and tell me what it is I'm missing....I love Jack's philosophy, own every album, and have seen him live more than once...The man has just flat run out of ideas. He needs to bring G.Love in for an injection of Blues and Soul, and this is last CD of his I will buy unheard.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great cd, definitely one of my favorites. Jack's tone is a little darker and more introspective than on his previous music, but that definitely adds rather than detracts.
beatlesfan101 More than 1 year ago
I got this cd for christmas and havnt been able to stop listening to it. Everytime i listen to it just keeps getting better and better my favorite songs are "Go on" and "Hope". This is a cd that anyone would enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another great album for Jack Johnson. If you are a fan of his previous albums than this one will be just as enjoyable.
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