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On and On
     

On and On

4.7 25
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,

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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.

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Release Date:
05/06/2003
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0044007501221
catalogNumber:
075012
Rank:
25545

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On and On 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
listen, im an actual music lover. not one of these stupid rich kids who listen to real music and say it has no soul because its does not sing about their parents buying me a bmw. if you cant catch the undertones of his music you dont have soul. please, to all the litlle music critics of the world, get some chill taste and stop listning to lincoln park and then you should be allowed to write things. any ways, jacks the man, hes not about immpressing you, hes about the music and he does a bang up job. so pass your pre teens, then have an opinion. thats just for the ignorant people, i love the children. and give a listen to the bands below, theyre real.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whether it be on white sand beaches of Hawaii or in snow covered forest of Maine, Jack Johnson reaches out and touches those who listen. He is absolutly awesome, and being from Maine, thousands of miles away from his region, i am grateful to hear of him and enjoy his music. 20 extremities up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nobody does mellow better than Jack Johnson. Not sure what it is - maybe Jack's sweetly mellow voice, Adam's conga drumming, or Merlo's incomparable bass grooves - but this band is seriously addictive! The lyrics are simple, but not too simplistic and the tunes are soulful. Their Latin-influenced version of "Rodeo Clowns" is amazing, "Mediocre Bad Guys" is a great song reminiscent of Neil Young and “Cookie Jar” is a simmering missive about societal responsibility. The music is great as it can be appreciated on so many levels. Thanks to Jack, Merlo, and Adam for another fantastic album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love smooth guitar rhytms with a soothing lyrical voice, I suggest you buy this album. Jack Johonso incoporates jazz, funk, and great lyrics. Eventhough this CD does not live up to the hype of Brushfire Fairytales it is a gimme for anyone who loves acoustical guitar music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jack Johnson's sophomore release is on point. He serves up a mellow dish of pure reggae beats and catchy hooks. Kudos to this young man - his guitar work is simple yet not unrefined, and his lyrics feel instinctive. If you like to sit outside by the ocean and grill food and drink beverages, then go buy this album - you'll be happy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No ifs, ands, or buts about it...Toby Keith is the worst person on the planet. If you want soul...country is the way to go. You will have millions upon millions of soulful songs on the exact same topic. Give me more of the same tunes backed up by extremely depressing lyrics/happy pop lyrics. If you want mindless robot music, pick up toby keiths album or any other country album. It will fulfill you with the redundant honkey tonk blues riffs you desire. Congratulations Toby Keith on sucking the most out of anyone to this date.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Guy that wrote "The music really has a nice funky sound to it and it's a perfect soundtrack for small gatherings, especially if you are only listening to it for background music and not for any actual enjoyment or songwriting appreciation" should be kicked in the mouth! "Slick production goes a long way for music that has no soul." Bull $hit! He says Ben Harper has a funky band, but no real content to his music.Are you kidding me?Obviously he hasn't listened to the album if he thinks that Jack Johnson's music doesn't have any content. And Ben HArper? I saw him at New Orleans jazzfest and he rocked the damn house down. He was awesome.Absolutely awesome. Have you ever seen these musicians play a show before. If not shut up. These guys have some of the most meaningful and poetic lyrics out there today.You also recommended John Mayer. And he has meaningful songwriting lyrics? Neon? Run through the halls of my high school? Get real!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again, he proves himself. Beautiful voice, beautiful melodies. Sit back in a dim-lit room, grab a cup of chai and enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jack Johnson is such an amazing musician anyways, but this album just helps prove that. With songs like Rodeo Clown and Cupid, Johnson proves he is a truely original song writer and unlike other artists (who shall remain nameless but have a 3 word name) each song sounds different and distinushed. Check this album out and get your moenys worth
Guest More than 1 year ago
if you like any sort of acoustic guitar sounding pop, this cd is soooooooo good! jack johnson does a fab job of blending funk, blues, catchy tunes and rythms into each song (not to mention his awesome voice). VERY GOOD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is amazing. It is the perfect album whether you are a first timer or not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jack Johnson... possibly one of the greatest, most talented musicians of today. When I heard a mix CD with nothing but Jack, most songs from "On and On," instantly I was hooked. The way he manipulates his guitar and the human language is truly unbelievable. He has the ability to take the thought process that has been forced onto us by society, and turn it into what we truly think ourselves. I think that just about everyone can relate to Jacks music. He has a way of taking what we think and turning it into a harmonious melody. Both this CD and "Brushfire Fairytales" are truly... unbelievable. Way to go Jack. You've done it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You can tell if a artist is a one hit wonder by his second cd and Jack Johnson has prove that he's not one of them. His free spirit sounds and moral issues that he relays through his song are profound, just as Dave Matthews. It's a must buy if you like his first one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm really excited about this new album. The music really has a nice funky sound to it and it's a perfect soundtrack for small gatherings, especially if you are only listening to it for background music and not for any actual enjoyment or songwriting appreciation. Slick production goes a long way for music that has no soul. The fact that this tool is touring with Ben Harper this summer is kind of funny since Ben also has a slick sound and a funky band, but no real content to his music. I can't wait for this one to come out, so I can add it to my collection of funky whiteboy cds such as Keller Williams, Dave Matthews, etc.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, the music has a soothing lilt and rythm and you could just enjoy it on that level. But he's digging deeper in his lyrics and maybe you can join him. The lyrics are a commentary on the world we live in, original and thought-provoking views about where we are going as a society. I'm not one to tell you the cd is the 'Best ever!', but it's good on more than the esthetic level, unlike 99% of music today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jack Johnson has paved the way for a whole new genre of music. His music is not just lyrics and music but contributes to an atmosphere. He brings you into a dreamlike world, where you can unwind and relax. Jack Johnson also has incredible beats and acoustics, reflecting his hawaiian roots. BE sure to not only buy his cds but also check out some of the soundtracks he was apart of (he and his friends use to make surfing movies and then create soundtracks): Check out the September Sessions and Thicker than water.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great album. One of my favorites, and it has many good songs. Jack Johnson's songs are soothing and relaxing to listen to anytime and anywhere. I also recomend Sleep Through the Static and In Between Dreams. This is definetly worth the price!
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