To The Sea

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Jack Johnson quietly turned into a star over the course of the 2000s, so it's only fitting that he inaugurates the second decade of his recording career with To the Sea, an album that feels like the work of a soft rock superstar. Of course, that's what Johnson is, but he's avoided sounding that way by performing soft-shuffle acoustic numbers, camouflaging his pop move as a soundtrack to Curious George, then getting mellowly introspective on 2008's Sleep Through the Static. To the Sea blows away the drowsy cobwebs from Sleep, pushing the acoustic guitar to the background and letting his band groove politely, usually in an amiable, unhurried gait that never breaks...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Jack Johnson quietly turned into a star over the course of the 2000s, so it's only fitting that he inaugurates the second decade of his recording career with To the Sea, an album that feels like the work of a soft rock superstar. Of course, that's what Johnson is, but he's avoided sounding that way by performing soft-shuffle acoustic numbers, camouflaging his pop move as a soundtrack to Curious George, then getting mellowly introspective on 2008's Sleep Through the Static. To the Sea blows away the drowsy cobwebs from Sleep, pushing the acoustic guitar to the background and letting his band groove politely, usually in an amiable, unhurried gait that never breaks a sweat even when the musicians goose the tempo a bit. Call it the signature of a surfer so bleached by the sun that he rushes nothing, but To the Sea substitutes the sunset strum-alongs of his earliest records for a sleek daytime sheen that might glimmer too brightly for hippies but it makes for a better overall pop record, the kind of album that suits Jack Johnson's stature as surfer turned AAA crooner.
The Guardian
Impossible to dislike, because Johnson treads lightly with his sunniness – he just lies in a metaphorical hammock and offers nuggets of wisdom, which sound deceptively meaningful, when illuminated by his pretty guitar work. "When I Look Up" even features the chirp of crickets, lulled into a torpor by Johnson's sleepy good vibes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2010
  • Label: Republic
  • UPC: 602527382883
  • Catalog Number: 001426602
  • Sales rank: 7,878

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jack Johnson Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion, Ukulele, Vocals, Mellotron
G. Love Harmonica
Merlo Podlewski Bass, Percussion, Background Vocals
Adam Topol Percussion, Drums, Glockenspiel, Background Vocals
Zach Gill Percussion, Piano, Background Vocals, Melodica, Wurlitzer
Paula Fuga Vocals
Technical Credits
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Robert Carranza Producer, Engineer
Jack Johnson Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Merlo Podlewski Composer, Producer
Adam Topol Composer, Producer
Zach Gill Composer, Producer
Dave Lively Art Direction
Wolfgang Bloch Paintings
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