To The Sea

To The Sea

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by Jack Johnson
     
 

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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 hisSee more details below

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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.

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/01/2010
Label:
Republic
UPC:
0602527382883
catalogNumber:
001426602
Rank:
27338

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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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