Sleep Through the Static [Bonus Tracks]

Sleep Through the Static [Bonus Tracks]

5.0 1
by Jack Johnson
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

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.See more details below

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

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

Tracks

Read More

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jack Johnson   Primary Artist
Merlo Podlewski   Bass
Adam Topol   Drums
Zach Gill   Keyboards,Vocals
Trent Johnson   Acoustic Guitar
Emmett Malloy   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Bernie Grundman   Mastering
J.P. Plunier   Producer
Robert Carranza   Engineer
Jeff Motch   Art Direction
Mario C.   Remixing
Jack Johnson   Composer
Merlo Podlewski   Composer
Thomas Campbell   Drawing
Dave Lively   Art Direction
Zach Rogue   Composer
Laura Flippen   Photo Assistance
Stu Hunter   Remixing

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >