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With his first four albums selling more than 15 million copies, Jack Johnson is clearly doing something right for a lot of people out there. So, is this album more of the same?

I suppose it depends on how deeply you listen to the lyrics. From a sense of the overwhelming responsibilities of bringing kids into the modern world, to the anti war stance of the title track, to questioning the purpose of his own life, there is certainly a more philosophical side to this release. In contrast, there is a gorgeous love song to his wife and a reflective ode to his young children.

Ultimately, it doesn't particularly matter what the lyrics are about. Jack delivers what he does best: a laid back, smooth and melodic voice singing with jazz, pop, reggae and even rap inflexions backed by a tight and restrained band that lets the voice take centre stage.

Producer, J P Plumier, knows what's important: let Jack write some good songs and let the voice play.
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on 28 February 2008
Perhaps it is owing to my urban, metropolic upbringing, but Jack Johnson's music has always been pure escapism for me. The subtle nuances such as the sounds of the waves and the themes in the songs transport the listener to their very own tropical island - the Hawaiian backdrop is a recurring flavour in Johnson's rich recipe of sound.

Which is ironic, because Johnson is an idealist, and the themes in his songs are ultimately about the fundamental experiences of modern life - relationships, people and a simple, laid back lifestyle influenced by the island he inhabits.

He is an idealist in the sense that his lyrics pledge environmental sustainability, in fact the new album boasts to be recorded with 100% solar energy.

All of his prior studio work has been first class, and this latest offering is no exception. Johnson has swapped his trademark acoustic for an electric guitar, but the essence of his sound remains unabridged.

The hit 'If I had Eyes' is a funky upbeat number that grabs hold of you like a tractor beam and compels you to sing along. 'Angel' is a beautiful ode to someone close to Johnson. 'Same Girl' is a catchy ballad and 'Monsoon' is a minor epic. In fact, there's not a bad track on the album. It's the kind of album you want to listen to from beginning to end every time, because to neglect the odd track would an empty void in the stomach like you don't have the complete picture.

Many people classify a Jack Johnson album as one for the lazy summer - in my opinion, all four studio offerings are all-year-round classics.

Make this one of your essential purchases for 2008.
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on 7 March 2008
I got hooked on Jack Johnson back when he was releasing poppy slices of summery happiness on Brushfire Fairytales and On & On. He's released quality tunes of a similar ilk ever since, so I didn't feel the need to listen to this album before buying it. I wish I had...

Whilst not bad in itself (his songwriting skills are undoubtedly awesome, although not to my taste this time), the album is filled with slow, depressingly melancholy stuff, which wouldn't be out of place on a Norah Jones or Katie Melua cd. If you're into stuff like that, and you're looking for a way into JJ's stuff, then this is perhaps the album for you. For everyone who's expecting a fun-filled album like his past stuff - avoid.
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You know what you are going to get with Jack Johnson and I think that is a major part of the appeal. The songs are so lilting and relax the soul to take you under that palm tree by the lapping waves wherever in the world you might be. The first two thirds of 'Sleep Through The Static' is up there with Jack's best work although I'm currently finding the end of the album a little too slow (and sad) it may grow on me with time. All in all though I would recommend this album.
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on 12 February 2008
I bought this after the brilliant 'In Between Dreams' and was a little disappointed at first because it's rather different in how the songs now have much more mature messages now than the 'carefree' tunes of its predecessor.

The songs are all beautifully and intelligently written with particular favourites being 'If I Had Eyes', 'Sleep Through The Static', 'Go On' and 'Angel'.

It is a great purchase if you're looking for something, soothing and a little more mature and will make a great addition to any music collection. If you're a fan of Jack Johnson you probably own it already but if not, what are you waiting for?
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on 12 January 2016
It's very rare that i listen to a album first time and can't find a track that i fault!
I really love Jack Johnson's mellow voice but i've found fault in all his albums. However this is definitely his best!!!!!!
He's put his heart and soul into every track instead of just trying to get the album finished which unfortunately so many artists do!?
If you are deciding which one of his albums to buy, it would be this one and i'm one of his biggest critics!
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on 25 May 2014
Awesome album, I love it. Jack dose not let down after In Between Dreams. There are so many different kinds of songs on this album, and that's what makes it great. I definitely recommend buying this album it's Jack's second best album by far after, obviously In Between Dreams. If you want to love it straight away, listen to If I Had Eyes, Go On, What You Thought You Need and Angel.
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on 14 February 2008
Great album subtle changes form previous albums but again he hits that mellow chilled out feeling.
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on 6 March 2010
Jack Johnson's previous albums are lovely and Sleep Through the Static is no exception. His music is just perfect to relax to and just makes me really happy. I love all the tracks on this album but "Angel" has especially beautiful lyrics. Get it!!!
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on 15 September 2013
This album is brilliant.Heard it for the fisrt time whilst on holiday in New Zealand,so bought it to remind me of our amazing holiday.Good seller.Good communication.Fast postage.Bargain.
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