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On and On
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
As with many other reviewers on this page, I had never heard of Jack Johnson when I first heard his music and I was quite surprised that the industry had managed to keep such a promising secret.
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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 19 June 2004
This has got to be one of the finest summer albums you could ever hope for. Vocal-wise, if the late, great folk singer songwriter Nick Drake was a 20-something slacker surfer in Hawaii, I reckon he would sound a little like Jack Johnson.
Jack's voice is smooth, sweet and mellow and his acoustic guitar playing is so laidback that he makes it sound effortless.
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.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on 4 August 2005
I was given all 3 albums to listen to at the time and the other two stood out alot more then this one. Songs like Better Together and Inaudible Melodies bring you straight into the album with a band whereas Times Like These on this album, doesnt have quite the same effect.
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.
Great album!
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
this album is easily as good as any other he has done. Acoustic, well put together, one of my favourites! i cannot believe he hasn't yet made the impact that he should on British music industry. Please buy this album, I can guaratee you will not regret it. Surfy, chilled out tunes, everyone should have at least a few cd's with this kind of music on them.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
I was working in Canada, when a friend of mine was saying about this guy......so, willing to listen to just about anything, I gave it a go. If you work in a stressfull world, then this is the album for you. Just put it on, lay down, shut your eyes while the chilled out voice and amazing acoustic guitar of Jack Johnson mentally relaxes you. Taylor is a personal favourite of mine, a little more lively than the rest, but this takes nothing away from an excellent album.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 27 March 2006
I was in hospital during a very long stint when a friend gave me this CD . What a profound effect ! At the time I'd not heard of Jack Johnson but listening to his lyrics took me out of my hospital surrounds . Tracks like 'holes to heaven' give a fabulous image that most of us lose from our innocent childhoods . Elsewhere 'Gone' is a wonderful ode against materialism . This album is incredibly thought provoking and I was a Jack Johnson convert after listening to this for a month or so . If it could rescue me from the drudgery of a hospital bed then it can certainly invigourate you from your daily stupor. This album restores that valuable naievety and wonderment that we lose as we grow older and become more cynical .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2003
I have been recently introduced to Jack Johnson, and haven't yet heard his other album Brushfire Fairytales - but if this is anything to go buy I shall definately be getting that too.
It is a relaxed, laid back album which is beautifully put together. His vocal tone and his playing are sweet together, sometimes pensive, sometimes optimistic. He seems to have a way of making you feel detached from the every day madness of the world - and I like that.
There is a melancholy to his take on the world, but not a hint of defiance. I guess he'd just like to let people be.
Highlight tracks are a matter of opinion, as most of the tracks are fantastic, but I would go with 'Times Like These', 'Gone', 'Cookie Jar', 'Taylor' and 'Rodeo Clowns'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 July 2003
Wow. After the amazing Brushfore Fairytales, I thought that it couldn't get any better, I was wrong. From the offset this album is an awesomefeat. The amazing 'The Horizon Has Been Defeated' is a catchy, chilled out almost reggae song, which really shows his love of the planet. Another great track is 'Cookie Jar', a song about blaming each other for everything.
Clever lyrics, beautiful acoustic guitar playing, a mesmerizing voice, chilled drums and bass, make this one heck of an album. A definite Sunday afternoon listen. BUY IT!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2004
I was introduced to Jack Johnson (along with ben harper) a few months ago and i cannot get enough of him!! He is my all time favourite artist, he is just amazing. That's the only way you can describe him. You can listen to his songs when you are in any mood, he will never fail to make you smile! He truely has one of the best voices I have ever heard. Its so diverse and distinctive. Wow. Before you listen to On and On, I think it is important to listen to Brushfire Fairytales so that you can see how he's developed. His music really flows from one album to another. His lyrics are just wow. Especially on cookie jar. All the songs are amazing. At the moment my favourite songs on the album are Taylor, gone, mediocre bad guys, symbol in my driveway, all of them! i cant pick a favourite! He's a legend. I think he deserves more recognition, but there is something nice about having a favourite artist that no one else knows about, sometimes fame and popularity can really ruin a person. Anyway, this is an album not to be missed! go buy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2005
After buying Brushfire fairytales and liking that very much, I soon bought this album. The first listenings I was afraid that did not have as many good songs as the first album, but now I can find very little fault in it. Almost each song has its own appeal and is a little gem. Although I'm sure that a low of work has gone into this album, you ask ourself why other artists need so much more instruments and effects to come up with the goods.
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