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On and On, like Brushfire Fairytales, perfectly evokes sunsets on hazy evenings, tropical beaches and campfires. But just as great as this album is to fall asleep to, I've played it many times and just sat and felt happy. Jack's voice is so mellow that it suits the music perfectly.
My favourite aspect of Jack's music is his lyrics - no repetitive tales of jilted love or booty calls here. Instead we get everything from the media to prevalent social issues such as the tale of a child murderer in the brilliant 'Cookie Jar'.
And in a world where increasing amounts of people think the key to happiness is spending hundreds of pounds on clothes, mobile phones and jewellery, it's nice to hear Jack sing 'Look at all those fancy clothes/But these clothes keep us warm just like those' in 'Gone'.
Overall, I don't think you have to be a fan of a particular kind of music to like this cd. It doesn't fall into a category except for generally good music made by an incredibly talented guy.
Go on, click that buy button. You won't regret it.
However, after listening to the other two albums over and over, I decided to give this another go and I was totally supprised. This isn't an album to listen to if you have never heard anything by Jack Johnson but as soon as you 'get him', this album suddenly makes sense.
I'd say that out of the three, this is probably my favourite now.
Times Like these, The Horizon Has Been Defeated, Gone, Wasting Time, Dreams be Dreams, Rodeo Clowns and Tomorrow Morning are all great songs although there are none that make you want to skip the track.
The melodies are simple but memorable and the backing is minimal, giving plenty of space to Jack's gentle grooves. The acoustic guitar and vocals are backed by bass and drums, and his chilled, beautiful songs bear snatches of reggae, blues and funk as well as folk.
Jack, a former pro surfer, has gained his musical reputation largely by word of mouth so listening to this feels like a privilege - he could so easily have remained an obscurity. The songs are short, keeping your attention span, and you will be unlikely to use the skip button on your remote.
At times the music is so pleasant it is almost unbearable, and the brilliant yet hushed hooklines may frustrate people wanting Jack to rock out more, but I think he has achieved a chilled masterpiece with this album. If you like it, get Brushfire Fairytales, its predecessor, which is just as good if not better.