28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2005
Jack Johnson is my favourite discovery of the summer. All his songs are based around an infectious guitar rhythm and melody, of the kind that sticks in your head forever! They're upbeat, mellow, thoughtful and radio-friendly, so you'll no doubt hear his singles being played more and more. His lyrics are great, meaningful but very sing-along too. I only had to hear 'Good People' on the radio before I knew that I liked Jack, and that song is a good guide to what you'll find on this album. There are no duff tracks on it, and I never find myself skipping any of them; the album-only songs are just as good as the singles. 'Staple It Together' is funky, nod-your-head music, whereas 'Better Together' is a nice gentle intro that strolls along at an easy pace. The live version of 'Mudfootball' (featuring G. Love and Donavon Frankenreiter) is a great ending to a great album.
It's just perfect for playing on hot summer days, and no doubt for reminding you through the winter that there are warmer days to come! If you need a lift, I suggest you listen to Jack Johnson. You won't be disappointed. Good packaging and sleeve booklet too, including all the lyrics. Definitely worth every penny, and 5 stars too.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2006
This 3rd offering from Jack Johnson is more accessible than his previous albums and the catchy rhythms and hooks will have you humming the melodies for weeks afterwards. Not as intimate as his other work and no stand out track to rival cocoon on his on and on album, all the tracks are of a consistent standard. Buy it enjoy it, you will still be playing it a year from now.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2005
This album, well what can you say? classic Jack as cool, and mellow as he (and no one else it seems) can go but at the same time tracks suchas "Good People" and "Staple it Together" are funkier and really make you dance. Again just like what jack Johnson has a knack to do with previous songs like Flake and Bubble Toes.
All together this is a Great album, a must for any one in to chilled, summer feeling music (i was listening to this album as it snowed and it made me feel like the sun was shining.) Compared to his other albums i would put it on a par with "On and On" with "Brushfire Fairytales" bein my favourite (but just by a short way!) If you enjoy music that makes you feel that everything is right with the world then this is it. Excellent!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 2007
This album is pure genius!
While tailing off towards the end, the first half has some of my favourite songs of all time, including the singles Better Together and Sitting, Waiting, Wishing.
I have friends of all different musical tastes from classics to scary Emo stuff, but they all love it!
Look out for Banana Pancakes as the best songe ever, can make andyone chillax!
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2005
In my opinion every Jack Johnson album has been pretty samey, but everytime its perfect.
This is a perfect CD to forget that you live in overcast Britain to. A combination of melodies perfect for knodding your head to and a voice that every acoustic artist should wish for before they go to bed.
This is an amazing cd, with the exception of Belle, which could have been forgotten. It's hard to pick out better tracks, because as with the other two albums every song has the potential to be a hit.
Advice.....Just buy it, its £9, and its beautiful, plus im yet to meet someone who has heard jack and isn't a fan. Its music for everyone. Its hard to trust the word of a complete stranger, but if you buy it and you dont like it, listen to it again, you'll realise the brilliance of it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 April 2010
Born on Hawaii in 1975. A professional surfer, film maker and dedicated family man, Jack Johnson is once again proving himself as an accomplished musician with his latest album "In Between Dreams".
Jack Johnson has a talent for writing songs that just feel good and are easy to listen to, sticking to an equation that combines his warm, relaxed voice with an acoustic guitar. Johnson has gained a large fan base across the globe and brings back the beach rock/pop image which has dwindled in recent years since the heights of the `beach boys'
"In between dreams" is what artists call the dreaded third Album for Jack Johnson. But you wouldn't have thought this. Jack decided to go back to the Producer Mario Caldato who helped create the `On and On' album and who helps by perfecting the sound of Johnson's summery backdrop for another playful set of songs. The instruments used in the album include an acoustic guitar and a piano both of which help add to Johnson's trademark feel good music
The first track on the album "Better Together" is the best way to start any album, this is because of the feel good factor which is the pinnacle of Johnson's work. The use of the lyrics "it's always better when we are together" helps show us that the song has a love narrative, this helps to add meaning to the song. Throughout the song the same guitar chords are used helping to keep a fast tempo.
He has not disappointed us by using again the classic chilled out nature which we have come to expect from Jack Johnson in his previous two albums. One of Jack's biggest tasks was trying to match the heights of his debut album "Brushfire Fairytales" which took the music world by storm with its modern blues style. This is not to say that his second album "On and On", which sold 2.1 million copies and reached the dizzying heights of no 1 in the Australian charts did not match up to expectations but it did however seem to lack as much energy and freshness. Some people would argue that this new album is Johnson's best work yet due to the fact that he manages to engage the listeneners in each song and enables them to feel a personal belonging to the music which he sings.
"In between dreams" is one of those albums where it is extremely hard to really decide which song is the best. This is mainly due to the fact that there are three strong contenders for this role, these are -
"Better Together" which, as the first song on the album has an important job because first impressions can sometimes make a difference from someone wanting to listen to the rest of the album or not. "Better together" does this well because Johnson fans will immediately recognise the style of music which has enabled him to become a college student favourite. The song should not be ignored for the message which it is trying to tell the audience that memories are better when we are together. Like many of the other songs which he has written this track thrives on the lyrics.
"Sitting Waiting Wishing" starts off with a small intro which helps give the song a build up. A guitar is used to show this and as the song progresses the pace increases, this could be due to the lyrics being sung quicker and also because the message is strong. Throughout the song the same chords are used helping to make the song fit in with the lyrics.
"Do You Remember" this is a song which starts off quickly, this pace continues throughout. The lyrics used in this song have the unmistakable trademark feel good nature which is common in Johnson's work. Because the story which is being told is done in such a way it makes it appear personal to Johnson himself helping to add to the personal feel of the song therefore helping to engage the audience.
All of these songs carry a lot of meaning and Jack has mentioned in various interviews that they were written to reflect things which have happened to him. This also helps the audience to relate to him when listening to the album.
Track six, "sitting waiting wishing" is the best track on the album. This is due to the strong lyrical content which we are presented with throughout the track as well as the bold story which is being told "A friend of mine was trying to get this girl named Michelle," said Johnson, "and I tried to write a song that would help him have a laugh at himself because he was spending so much time trying to get her and it obviously wasn't leading anywhere. That was one just to cheer up a friend".
If there was one thing wrong with the album it would be that there could have been one or two more songs instead of the bonus track of the live performance of `Mud Football' from the album `On and On'. This is only a selfish criticism because the 14 songs which have been recorded for the album are by far his best work yet and will prove a hard task to beat when he attempts to write a new album to better this and the previous two.
A solid album which any fans of Jack Johnson should own because there are not any really down points. Although it must be said if you haven't listened to previous albums then it is a style of music you either love or hate. It is noticeable that Jack's style hasn't developed much throughout the 3 albums which he has produced, which isn't necessarily a bad thing but it wouldn't do him any harm to take a few more risks. The album is arguably his best yet and will prove a hard challenge to improve although the challenge will be one which Jack will enjoy and embrace.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 August 2007
I first heard Jack when I was in Australia, he is huge over there and wasn't heard of in the UK at the time. At first I found his music hard to appreciate but once you've lived the laid back lifestyle that is Australia, Jack will become part of your every day life whether you like it or not.
Every song on this album means something to me and brings back so many happy memories that it is now my favourite album of all time. Jack Johnson is simply amazing and if you close your eyes he can take you to a far away beach, the sun, the sea, the sand and the surf. It's what his music is all about.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2005
As an Australian, Jack Johnson is pretty much a household name around here, primarily I guess because he suits our mostly laid back lifestyle so well. That's why I was looking forward to the release of this album too. And it definetely didn't disappoint. While I am a fan of almost all genres and appreciate musical technicality and boundary pushing, theres a lot to be said for a simple singalong to take the mind off things. This CD is even better for such a purpose than Jack's first two in my opinion. The reason for this may be credited to Jack's noticeable maturing in writing and guitar playing. Songs like Belle show off chord progressions that aren't half as basic as his old ones, yet still beautiful and easy to listen to.
Belle would have to be my favourite song; everything about it is just so simple and it almost puts the listener in the middle of France just by listening to it. Otherwise, everything is great and in my opinion the single Sitting, Waiting, Wishing is probably my least enjoyable - that's how good the album is.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 16 April 2006
Jack Johnson is, without doubt, one of the greatest acoustic artists there has been. Each and every song is written thoughtfully by him, and then complimented with a relaxing guitar and chilled out voice. Johnson simply creates the most mellow mood with the best songs you will ever hear. True to life songs about love, life and relationships; anyone can relate to these chilled out tunes. he is finally getting the deserved recognition, and he was voted best USA newcomer at the BRIT's. Johnson has reched number 1 with this excellent album, and after hearing his first single 'Good People', I did'nt hesitate to buy it! I am not disappointed, and will be listening to it for a while yet! Excellent
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2009
Initially resistant to the Hawaiian surfer dude's gentle acoustic pondering, I bought this for my wife and am now very much a fan. Johnson's main strength is his natural demeanour; carefree, placid and warm; it's very easy to imagine that he is like this all the time. Songs such as 'Better Together', 'Banana Pancakes' and 'Staple it together are neither particularly emotive nor are they suggestive of anything other than you hear from the lyrics. That's not to say that Johnson has no depth, but that he has tapped into an elusive vein of peace and charm that means his songs wash over you but leave you refreshed and optimistic at the same time.
This Special Edition contains one extra track: 'Mudfootball', and for the price it's worth getting this one.