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This is the album that made be really enjoy Jack Johnson as an artist. I couldn't believe what I was listening to. I was so at ease and peaceful. In fact, I usually put this album on in order to relax after a tough day. Jack Johnson is really one of the great acoustic artists of our times. He has a way with his instrument that is unparalleled in today's industry. This album speaks volumes as to the artist that Jack Johnson really is. He brought the Hawaiian spirit with him to the Mainland and the world with this album.
In Between Dreams is a really great album because it has everything that a listener could want: from the sappy love songs to the strong, from the upbeat to the reminiscent. Johnson really showcases his talents on this album not only as a guitarist, but as a performer and a songwriter. What I love is that he is able to express himself so freely and really show that he is a true artist. Johnson may not be remembered as one of the rock and roll greats, but in my book In Between Dreams is the album that really showed me what he is made of.
If you love serene guitar music accompanied by great melodies and harmonies, you'll definitely love this album. There are a number of great songs on this album, including "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing" (likely the most famous song off this album), "Good People", and "Do You Remember". I really believe that this a great album, and I believe that you can enjoy it no matter who you are.
Jack Johnson - Inbetween Dreams
Do you remember a time before anyone never know about Jack Johnson? It is a crying shame that it took so long for jack to become a hit in this country, but I suppose he would have it no other way. This is the third album from Jack Johnson and personally I think his second best of all his albums after 'On and On'. After his previous album I was sitting, waiting, wishing that this would be a good album, and he didn't dissapoint. This album is a real cracker with a few slower tracks and some upbeat classics. Even If I could I don't think I would change any of the tracks in there. Most will of either heard of the singles 'Better Together', 'Sitting Waiting Wishing' or 'Banana Pancakes', which really threw JJ into the spotlight especially in England.
This album, apart from the three already named, has some really memorable tracks and has a really chilled out vibe. It is quite tricky to define JJ's genre, most say acoustic rock or folk. I personally think it is acoustic chillout, because what it is perfect for is listening to on a summery day with some good people, at a BBq. a party, the beach or whichever situations I am in. This album in particular, really takes me back to a nice summers day, and whenever I listen to it, it makes me feel so much warmer inside, even when it is raining outside. If I could never listen to this album again I really think I would breakdown.
The only thing that beats listening to this album is looking at the different constellations on a belleautiful night when im on holiday.
Picture the scene: You're in Hawaii and it's a beautiful, picture perfect beach day. You just spent the afternoon surfing. Now you are sitting by a campfire with the sun setting in the background. All around you are your best friends and you are sipping on sweet Mai-Tai's with fresh cherries and pineapple around the rim. In the background you hear sweet dulcet tones coming from the guitar, you look around and you see that Jack Johnson is playing, the best surf chillout album ever.
This is the mood that any Jack Johnson music puts me in. He sound is undenieably Hawaii with a melodic voice that makes you dream you are riding the waves and relaxing with no worries or cares in the world. He has such a soft dreamy voice and I really like listening to this music when I am relaxing or just wanting to have something on in the background that is easy to listen to and unoffensive. I think his title to this album is very fitting, In Between Dreams, as if he listens or composes this music in between his dreams.
This is actually Jack Johnson's third album and was released in March 2005. According to an article I read as of May 10, 2006, the album had sold 2.1 million copies in the United States but as this was quite a while ago now I'm sure it's sold a lot more than that in the meantime.
The cover is a very vibrant yellow colour and to me conjures up imagines of a lovely bright yellow sun and gorgeous beaches. The cover actually features a Mango Tree, this refers to the Mango Tree, the studio where In Between Dreams was recorded. There is also a reference to the Mango Tree in Better Together where Jack mentions he is sitting underneath the tree.
Highlights on this album for me include, Better Together, a nice love song where he says that things are always better together, such nice words, and Sitting, Waiting, Wishing. This too is a love song but one of unrequited love where a guy is singing that he is sitting, waiting, wishing for a girl to notice him and respond to his advances. It's nice to see a male making the effort once in a while and showing his feelings.
The rest of the tracks are as follows:
1. "Better Together"
2. "Never Know"
3. "Banana Pancakes"
4. "Good People"
5. "No Other Way"
6. "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing"
7. "Staple It Together"
9. "Crying Shame"
10. "If I Could"
13. "Do You Remember"
This album is one of my favourite albums of all time. the lyrics in the songs are so good, and jack is an absolute genuis at the guitar. I tried to learn as i was so inspired by some if the songs on this record. I can listen to In between dreams on any occasion. Its best as a "chillout" record, but ive listened many times while driving, or just to cheer me up! once tried to stick it on for a bit of background music while having mates over, but they all loved it so much we just listened to it all night! anyone can relate to the lyrics and everyone should love the sounds. My favourite songs are Banana Pancakes and Do You remember - simply sublime! everything about this album is class - from the intuitive album title, to the subtle uses of lesser heard instruments to add an extra dimension to some songs! What a genius!
Relax, take it easy and chill.
Picking the album up in my hands. It feels like it should be great, it feels almost 'different' to your usual.
There is something special about this.
If its not his soothing voice echoing into your mind, its the extraordinary guitar picking, the little notes sending you into a zone where you can believe in yourself.
If i had to describe his voice, i would tell you that it portrays an image of:
Putting your feet up, having all the worry drained from you and floating through a dream land.
I can imagine feeling really down and this album picking me up. It sounds like a friend telling you there is still hope.
It doesnt sound too familiar either, the songs have a definate difference between them. I can hear that the songs also fit together too, so the balance is just about right i reckon.
As for the stand out tracks on the album, i would recommend:
This song is the definition of 'chilling out'.
What i think it is about, is him talking to his girlfriend, explaining that there is no need to get up, why bother, stay in bed all day. 'We got everything we need right here' is a lyric which sums up the song aswell as 'do we really need to pay attention to the alarm?'
This song really stands out due to the outstanding guitar jack plays. It sounds so nice.
This songs begins with a long instrumental guitar section, having a almost spanish influence on the guitar. When he starts singing, it is in a completely different language which really stands out against the english he normally sings in. He actually uses a variety of languages, of which i believe are portuguese, french an english. Aswell as some others. The song is not very long at all, but it doesnt need to be, because it provides a little break within the album.
The first song on the album. Outstanding lyrics and a beautiful balance of guitar and vocals. It really sets the scene for the rest of the album. The song has a really nice change when the chorus comes in, with a little light drumming over the top of the guitar and vocals. The song has a nice meaning too.
Some stats for the album:
Released on 1st of March 2005, recorded in Hawaii in 2004.
The length of the album is around 42 minutes.
The front of the album shows a mango tree, which represents the studio where the album was recorded which was called 'the mango tree'. It could also be because he sings about a mango tree in better together.
1. "Better Together"
2. "Never Know"
3. "Banana Pancakes"
4. "Good People"
5. "No Other Way"
6. "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing"
7. "Staple It Together"
9. "Crying Shame"
10. "If I Could"
13. "Do You Remember"
16. "Mudfootball - Live (UK Bonus Track)"
In my opinion. this is Jack Johnson's best album. He also released another album "Sleep through the Static" last year. I really love it, but just not as much as this album.
The thing that brought me to Jack Johnson's music is his really simple and unique acoustic guitar style. For most of his songs, he uses his trademark strumming style with drum, bass and piano. They sound so smooth together. In this album, that is strongly reflected in many songs like Better Together, Sitting Waiting Wishing, Banana Pancakes and many more songs. I love every single songs in this album!
He also uses some picking styles in Constellations, If I could, No other way and Belle. The short song, Belle, only about 1:45 is written in 4 languages (Italian, Spanish, French and English) is a funny song for his wife, who speaks French as her second language. The first 2 lines in the lyrics all mean "hey beautiful, what's up" in Italian and Spanish. The third line means "but beautiful, I don't know how to speak French" and then "so you'll have to speak to me some other ways" in English. I played this song to my friends and after I explained the lyrics to them, they fell in love right away with it. The Bossa Nova style in this song just adds another perspective to the album. It shows his creativity and the ability to implement other styles into his style, so they sound "great and wierd" and you'll know right away that is Jack Johnson.
He always appears on the media with his Cole Clark acoustic guitar. I love the sound so much that I bought the exactly same one (Fat Lady 1) and the guitar is great (going to do a review about it soon).
As said before, I love every song in this album. You might find that some of them are quite simillar ar first because they are all played in Jack Johnson's style, but after listening to his lyrics, close your eyes and think with the music, there is really something new in each of his song. He said on a radio interview that all the songs in this album is about his personal life and the album is more like a autobiography to him.
Besides the "hit" songs like Better together, Banana Pancake, Sitting Waiting Wishing, I personally love the song Do you remember. This song is a story telling song about him and his girlfriend, who is now his wife, during his time in colledge, of how they grow up together and how their love remains after "almost 10 years". It just reminds me of my own time in high school, when I had a girlfriend but we broke up adter that. Everytime listening to this song, the memories just come back, and I really wish I could turn back time and live those lovely days again.
With his great music style of the Ocean, of Hawaii, where he was born and grown up, Jack Johnson can really make you feel like you are living in his songs. You'll have the sweetest dreams sleeping with his music and it's a great way to wake up, with your mind free-flowing in his melody.
In Between Dreams is one of my favourite albums ever. Jack Johnson is a Hawaiian surfer and this really shows through in his music. This album is so mellow, its ideal to put on just before you want to go to sleep!
Here's my track by track rundown:
1. Better Together - This is about a couple in a relationship who say they are so much better together than apart, and when they are together the world seems a better place and love will conquer anything. There's a little catchy piano melody in this song which really sets it off perfectly.
2. Never Know - This is a bit more upbeat than track one, and its about how we will never now what life is really all about. There is guitar and subtle drums in this one, along with Jack's smooth vocals.
3. Banana Pancakes - I think this sum's up Jack's laid back philosophy completely! The first line is "Can't you see that is just raining? Ain't no need to go outside". He then goes on to say you should just stay in bed, close the curtains and pretend its the weekend. This one also has a bit more of a cheery vibe to it.
4. Good People. This sums up the world today I think - "Where'd all the good people go? I've been changing channels I don't see them on the TV shows". A cheery song but if you listen to the words they contradict the cheerfulness by reminding you that all the good people in the world seem to have disappeared behind terrorists and gangs.
5. No Other Way. A mellow guitar rhythm starts this song, which I think is about a couple who are worrying about something which is keeping the woman up at night, and the man is saying that "If I knew all of the answers I would not hold them from you" Again there is subtle drums in this one, but its still very chilled out.
6. Sitting Waiting Wishing. This is perhaps the most famous song off the album, as it did quite well as a single. This is also I think the most poppy and upbeat song on the album. Its about a man who is wanting a relationship with a woman, but she is either not interested or making the man wait until she is ready "I can't always be waiting, waiting on you". We get the feeling the man loves her dearly but she is playing with his feelings.
7. Staple it Together. This is my least favourite song on the album. Its got quite a funky guitar rhythm, and the singing is very fast on this song as opposed to the mellow crooning on the other songs.
8. Situations. This is more of an interlude, where the guitar overpowers the quiet singing in the background. Not really sure what this one is about!!
9. Crying Shame. I think this is about the wars in the world, and how silly they are as we should all live in harmony under the same sun. "We could say its us against them, we could try but nobody wins" Its how nothing good will come out of war, even though we think it will.
10. If I could. This is another mellow one, about how fragile life can be. It starts with a newborn baby being born, and then receiving news that a friend only has two weeks to live. "I'd give him more, if I could". Its about the circle of life and death.
11. Breakdown. This one has quite a lively guitar rhythm, and again subtle drums. He is on a train and wants it to break down, I think this is so he can get off and escape for a bit. We often get caught up in the pressures and strains of daily life, and I think this song is about coming to that point where you really need a break. A good tune.
12. Belle. This one is only a short interlude, and I think it is supposed to remind you of a lazy summer's afternoon in France, as the singing is in French and the accompaniment evokes a French scene. You can drift off to Paris for a couple of minutes listening to this one!
13. Do You Remember. This is a feel good tune about looking back on the early days of the relationship, starting with them at school, tying their bikes to each other (hers had flowers on), then moving in together. It reminds us of how time flies, and your life can disappear before you so you should make the most of it. A simple voice and guitar number.
14. This is absolutely my favourite song on the album. when listening to this you imagine a campfire on the beach, with you all around it laying back and watching the stars, drawing your own constellations. If you only listen to one song of Jack's, make it this one as it is truly amazing.
15. Mudfootball. This is actually a live version of the song, which was featured on one of his earlier albums. Its quite a catchy tune, with some harmonica to really accent it.
This is such an amazing album, I have got all his other albums as well but this one stands out miles as the best. Its so mellow, perfect for chilling out.
Jack Johnson is an Acoustic guitarist and songwriter born in Hawaii. This is his third album and is a characteristically mellow offering and should appeal to anyone who knows how to chill out.
The album is packaged in a nice cardboard case which is a yellow background and a silhouette of a tree with a lone guitarist resting against it. This guy is seriously laid back. his album has 15 tracks but also comes with a bonus track when bought in the UK. A lot of people who have read my reviews will tend to like something completely different but I don't think many people will dislike JJ. My only complaint is that he's TOO chilled.
=== The Album ===
[Track 1 - Better Together]
A floating acoustic riff drifts through the beginning of this track and the vocals make it practically feel like a lullaby. The lyrics are positive and the tune is so calm that I'm drifting off into a deep sleep as I type. A nice pleasant opening and a sign of things to come on the album.
[Track 2 - Never Know]
the guitar opens the song slowly and then as the drums subtly creep in the guitar increases its tempo and Jack reaches his no-so-lively upper echelons of pace. The vocals are soothing and he draws out some words in the chorus to create nice harmonies. The guitar adds a little funky edge to the track and I prefer a little more than the last one, mainly for this reason.
[Track 3 - Banana Pancakes]
The guitar strums away effortlessly and JJ opens with 'Can't ya see that its just rainin... aint no need to go outside' which sums up this song really. It conjures up vibes of of just lying there and forgetting the world. the drums are so infrequent that they are barely noticeable and as in most of his tracks, Jack is the one man army that plays the song and sings.
[Track 4 - Good People]
The guitar is a little edgier here and the lyrics are a little less downbeat. I suspect Jack might have had a bit of a bad day when he wrote this one. The tune livens up towards the end, but only by JJs standards. Its still miles away from rock. However, the track is good, just a little negative compared to Jack's usual chirpy musings. 'Where did all the good people go?' is his question, and to be honest, I don't have the answer. If anyone knows where they went, feel free to let me know.
[Track 5 - No Other Way]
This songs is another one to help you drift off, it's unbelievably relaxing and mellow. A bit like Jack Johnson is in real life I imagine. I can't really think of an original way to describe it apart from 'laid back.'
[Track 6 - Sitting, Waiting, Wishing]
This track is probably my favourite on the album. The guitar provides its own beat and Jack sings out properly for the first time in the album. When the drums come in, albeit quite in a subtle manner the track gets quite lively in comparison to some of the others and Jack sings really melodically and is joined by a piano towards the end of the song.
[Track 7 - Staple it Together]
The guitar is a little quicker this time but still acoustic and the drummer keeps tapping his cymbals. There is also a bassline to this track and few random background instruments. The song has an upbeat vibe and keeps up the momentum of the previous track for the most part. Another good song.
[Track 8 - Situations]
A short track here, only 80 seconds long. Just Jack and his guitar but not a bad track.
[Track 9 - Crying Shame]
The song starts very, very slowly but begins to gather a little pace until it reaches its lazy peak. The vocals are the most dominant part of the track which suggests to me that the instruments are just a backdrop in this track. A little more laid back than the last song and I feel like I'm running out of adjectives to describe acoustic guitar playing.
[Track 10 - If I Could]
I think it's a harmonica possibly that opens the track and some bongo-like drumming. The lullaby effect takes the lead after a short while and Jack's melodies sooth the track along a nice leisurely pace. Pretty good.
[Track 11 - Breakdown]
The guitar is very Hawaiian on this track and the drums are low but very complementary. It's forcing me to relax and I can't help yawning and thinking about saving this review as a draft and going to sleep. But I'm not going to... lets push on...
[Track 12 - Belle]
The guitar has makes me thing of a kind of relaxing acoustic guitar you might find in a secluded parisian restaurant and the lyrics are partially in french so I'm guessing thats what Jack wanted me to feel. I'm sure its French because I know what some of it means. The track has finished quickly though and I just noticed it's less than 2 minutes long.
[Track 13 - Do You Remember]
The guitar is a little sharp bu tthe tune still keeps its whistful, relaxed atmosphere. this album is so mellow that even my cat has fallen asleep next to me. Not sure if there's a direct connection because it seems to sleep whenever it isn't eating. Anyway, basically this is more of the same. Music to recline to...
[Track 14 - Constellations]
Possibly the most charmingly lethargic guitar riff of the album. A melody that is causing me to sway along from left to right on my chair, I think I usually fall asleep before I get to this track but I quite like it.
Track 15 is a Demo Version of the previous track but there isn't much difference really.
Track 16 is a live version of a track called 'Mudfootball' from a previous album and is quite a good so in fact.
=== Overall ===
The album is perfect to take a break to and should have you snoring blissfully before you get t the end. But in a good way. The songs tend to usually be quite similar to each other. Although I don't see what variation can be made by one man, his guitar and his Hawaiian chill-out session. A very good album and much lighter listening than what I usually choose. No amplifiers, no rappers, no drum solos, just simple acoustic music. And a very good example of it.
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In Between Dreams
As you can tell, I have a varied taste in music, I like all sorts and this album is definitely one of my favourite albums out of my whole collection. I think Jack Johnson is very talented.
Jack Johnson is a Hawaiian singer-songwriter. He is an incredibly successful solo artist who has millions of fans from all sorts of different backgrounds and generation. He is known for his acoustic relaxing melodies that are suitable for anybody to listen to and also make the perfect summer anthems! So far he has released four studio albums:
Brushfire Fairytales (2001)
On And On (2003)
In Between Dreams (2005)
Sleep Through The Static (2008)
He has also released several tracks that have been used for TV and film.
**My Favourite Tracks**
For me this is one of the most chilled out songs I have ever heard, it's perfect for sitting out in the garden and sunbathing! It starts off with a laid back, bouncy melody on the guitar that sets the atmosphere perfectly. My favourite lyrics from this song are: "All the people in the street that I'll never get to meet if these tracks don't bend somehow, and I got no time that I got to get to where I don't need to be". I would rate this song 6/10.
**#6.Sitting, Waiting, Wishing**
Compared to Breakdown this song gives off more of a negative vibe, to me anyway. The cords at the start of the song are not bouncy or happy, more calm and sombre. I think that this song is about love an rejection and how if you have feelings for someone that aren't reciprocated you can't just switch them off! My favourite lyrics from this song are: "Lord knows that this world is cruel and I ain't the lord, no I'm just a fool learning loving somebody don't make them love you, must I always be waiting, waiting on you?" I would rate this song 8/10.
This track is definitely one of the popular ones. When I listen to it, it makes me think of beaches and summer and just having a god time! The opening riff s brilliant and the lyrics are happy and upbeat. Again, like a lot of the album, this is a great song for those summer garden parties or just lazing around in the sun! My favourite lyrics from this song are: "Our dreams, they are made out of real things, like a shoebox of photographs, some sepia tone loving". I would rate this song 9/10.
**My Overall Opinion**
If you're looking for an album or artist to listen to on those lazy summer days then you definitely can't go wrong with 'In Between Dreams'. It's jam packed full of happy, summery anthems that anyone can enjoy and I love it! I would recommend this album to anyone and everyone! 10/10 from me!
I first heard about Jack Johnson's music when my brother played "Flake" on his PC. I thought it was a brilliant song for something so simple and mellow. Laid-back but never boring. I had known then that I have got to catch every wave Jack Johnson makes.
His music has a quiet simplicity that conjures images of ocean waves, sunset, paradise, cocktail drinks and a bevy of bikini beauties, if you're a guy. It is easy listening all the way, nothing complicated that pretends to provoke deep thinking. His lyrics talk about everyday life and common feelings but you would never feel it's ordinary. You cannot ignore the talent behind it because each song is not brewed out of necessity to cash in on something but an honest expression of a passionate individual.
There are so many great tracks in this album, "In Between Dreams". It is generously filled with guitar-driven songs which Jack Johnson is known for. It follows a steady flow and each song is stamped with a cool Hawaiian sound. It's just me and my minimal needs. The first track, "Better Together", is a sweet ode to overcoming complicated things in life when two lovers are always together. Looking at stars and sitting beneath the mango tree.
The second track "Never know" still bears the mark of the first track and the smooth voice of Jack Johnson tempts you to listen more. "Banana Pancakes" gives us once again the glimpse of Jack Johnson's laid-back nature. What better way to spend the time when nature is not cooperating outside? Cuddle each other, make babies and eat pancakes.
Other stand-out tracks "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing", "Good People", "Breakdown", have great melodies that really stick to your mind. Every artist has got to pay homage to society and do his part in bringing awareness. "Good People" talks about exploitation and sensationalism going on everywhere. It's a sombre way of getting the message across. "Belle", on the other hand, is a simple, jazzy song, with different languages in it. It's a sure-fire way to impress a lady.
This is a very charming album that serves its purpose. Others may find this too boring for their taste but for me, less is more. Stripped down, straightforward and effortless. I never miss to pick this up every time I need uplifting or any day that is too nice to pass up and have fun.
Life is a riot. The world is crazy as it is. At least, I can get some peace and quiet in my music. Jack Johnson, I owe you one.
If the summer does ever decide to arrive it is always nice to kick back in the garden with friends or even on your own and have some smooth back ground music to hum along to and some Jack Johnson is ideal for this.
The guy is a seriously chilled dude and his brand of laid back surfer style tunes are great, the sort of music that fits perfectly with a beach bonfire and a chilled out vibe.
"Better Together" - 3:27
"Never Know" - 3:32
"Banana Pancakes" - 3:12
"Good People"- 3:28
"No Other Way" - 3:09
"Sitting, Waiting, Wishing" - 3:03
"Staple It Together" (Merlo Podlewski) - 3:16
"Situations" - 1:17
"Crying Shame" (Adam Topol) - 3:06
"If I Could" - 2:25
"Breakdown" (Jack Johnson, Dan Nakamura & Paul Huston) - 3:32
"Belle" - 1:43
"Do You Remember" - 2:24
"Constellations" - 3:21
His is a simple style acoustic guitar and fairly minimal support music and this album boasts some serioulsy good tracks. Sitting Waiting Listeniong is my personal favourite and is slightly faster than some of the other tracks but I like the range on his voice in this song, Banana Pancakes is a slightly sickly song for me, sort of cheery and content and I have to be in the mood for tha one however Better Together and Good People are both excellent.
If there is a criticism then it could be that some of the songs do merge into each other but then as back ground music this is ideal and certainly it is great for setting a particular scene, what it is not good for is driving at night on your own as you risk nodding off for that tim I whack in a bit of The Chemical Brothers.
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Jack Johnson is a former surf champion but decided to hang up his board and try his hand at guitar instead a few years ago. It seems that no matter how many albums this guy releases it is this one that people like the best and remember. It is indeed this album which helped him break the UK market and gave him a fan base here.
I bought this album about a year ago but listened to it once and didnt really pay attention, at the time prefering drum and bass. However, i was round a friends last week on a beautiful hot summers day when this came on his speakers. Safe to say it hasnt been off mine since!
The overall sound of the album is chilled out and relaxed, perfect for summers evenings and days around bbqs, on the beach or just chilling around the garden. The music is light and catchy with fantastic lyrics and melodies.
The entire album is fantastic so i wont go through every song giving lots of details as i think you should have a listen and decide for yourself! I will however say that my personal favourite track is number 5 - no other way. It brings a smile to my face every time and really makes me think about summer!
I love this albulm. My nephew was born to the sound of Jack singing merrily. It's a beautiful albulm with some amazing songs. They are all so different in style from each other, and when one is finished you just want more! I have this on repeat in my CD player and its one of the few albulms I have that I can listen to all the way through without skipping any tracks. Jack Johnson plays acoustic guitar and piano with a style that makes you feel happy, chilled out, and puts a big smile on your face - the music is gentle, not too heavy, and moves from slow paced to fast without jolting your mood in the slightest! It has an almost summery jazz feel to it, with a touch of Bob Marley in the bass - though only a couple of songs have bass guitar, drums or percussion - most are just vacoustic guitar. My favorite songs are Do You Remember, which is funky and sweet and about how a love begins and how long it has lasted for. Love it! I also really adore No Other Way, which has an almost lullaby quality to it, Staple it Together, which is fast and funky and when you listen to the words - WOW!!! That's the other great thing about this albulm - the music, the guitars and the piano, well they're just great, but the lyrics.... Wow, the lyrics just get you - they are so true, so beautiful and you want to listen as much for them as for the melody. Go buy it. You'll see what I mean. Promise.
this review is simply going to be short and sweet. basically if you've got around £10 spare then i would advise that you get this album. you will not have wasted your money. this is jack johnson's third album which has gone double platinum and consists of 14 easy listening songs all of which have there own identity and a different feel. its the kind of album that you can listen to anywhere and at anytime. its very much a laid back album with some very good tracks on it. these include Better Together, Good People, Breakdown and a personal favourite, Do You Remember. The album is very versatile and has the cabability of making you want to listen on, no matter what kind of music you usually listen to.
overall this is a great album that allows you to just kick back, relax and forget about any of life's little worries.
Rating - 9/10
In Between Dreams is the third album release from American singer Jack Johnson who was born back in 1975. It came out back in April 2005 in the UK and has received some success over here. Upon first glance he appears to be your typical laid back, surfer boy which is reflected to a certain extent in his music. However this guy goes deeper with some uniquely named tracks and truly emotive lyrics also going in his favour. Hes previously found rather limited success in the UK despite being quite an established name in America yet maybe this album can help him finally break into the UK music scene.
The first track on the album is Better Together which gives a clear insight into the lyrics of the track; however its far from your typical love song. Instead it offers a quirky, upbeat track with unique lyrics which somehow, when combined together, give a complete sense of calmness and serenity. This first song gives a good taste of what is to come in the remaining tracks and in my opinion is a great opener for the album. Never Know is up next and the beat is almost identical to the previous track which gives a slightly monotone feel to the album yet it soon quickens up to distinguish it. Once again theres a distinct laid back feel to this track despite the beat creating a sense of urgency almost as the song progresses. The chorus to this track is brilliant; it almost slows down and mellows out slightly with some brilliant lyrics as well, Never knowing, Were shocking but were nothing, Were just moments, Were clever but were clueless, Were just human, amusing and confusing, Were trying, But where is this all leading, Well never know.
Next up is the somewhat uniquely titled song Banana Pancakes which truly is a first for a song title, the basic gist of the song is that he wants to spend time with his girl rather than getting up and going on with their daily lives all hidden behind the seemingly meaningless title of Banana Pancakes! The following tracks Good People and No Other Way are both really catchy, the former track again echoes the mellow feel of the whole album yet his voice in this track has a somewhat sultry feel to it which adds variation to the album. The latter track opens with a single guitar playing giving a personal feel to the track almost; its very melodic and has a similar effect to a harp, the song itself is incredibly slow and soft throughout.
Sitting, Wishing, Waiting changes the mood of the album a little as its got a slightly more passionate feel to it, in a depressing tone almost. His voice is a lot more gravelly almost in this track and the general lyrical gist of it is slightly pessimistic, Must I always be waiting, waiting on you, Must I always be playing, playing your fool. A classic love song almost representing some of the harsher sides that love can show yet sang in a refreshing and collected way. Staple It Together is, in contrast to the other tracks on the album, must more upbeat and slightly more boy band sounding in a sense. Its much quicker and his voice is more intense on this song which shows that he is capable of doing a wide range of moods. I personally dont really favour this kind of music sung by him and feel hes much better suited to the calmer genre. Luckily for me he reverts back to it for Situations is a relatively short track, being only just over a minute long and is rather peculiar in my opinion.
Crying Shame reverts back to the mood echoed in the first few tracks on the album and has a similar sound to them also. Its got quite a depressing tone to it which doesnt really help any bad mood that youre in but instead seems to sympathise with you! It quickens up in speed towards the chorus and for once theres more than merely guitars backing the track which creates a louder sounding noise in a sense. If I Could is similar in length and mood to the previous tracks, at just over 2 minutes long it may leave some listeners feeling rather short changed (this applies to quite a few of the tracks on the album) but I do fear if they were any longer you would be falling asleep! Theres not a great deal to say about this song except it echoes the mood, speed and sense of the previous track. This is followed by Breakdown which has a more optimistic feel to it, the lyrics are more alive feeling which give a much needed energy boost to the album. I really like the chorus to this track, its smooth and more upbeat than other songs on the album and will have you singing along or trying to, I need this old train to break down, Oh please just let please break down, I need this old train to break down, Oh please just let me please break down, I wanna break them down, but I cant stop now.
Quite sadly I feel I am able to summarise the last four tracks in under 10 lines quite easily. Belle is under two minutes in length and consists of merely smooth, folk sounding music throughout with very little lyrics a disappointment in my opinion. Do You Remember is track 12 on the album is a love song with, of course, a laid back feel. Constellations is quite a nice track, steady throughout and with a hint of folk music backing it. Lastly is the uniquely titled Mud Football which for a finishing track on the album is what Id expect, its a slight let down compared to some of the previous tracks but does leave me with a good feeling energised.
Theres a real laid back feel to this album that washes a sense of tranquillity over anyone who seems to listen to it. If youre into your very laid back indie music, very light folk or just general relaxing beats then this is one you simply have to get. The whole album has got a light, melodic and tranquil feel to it from his laid back voice to the drifting chords that underpin most of the tracks. Throughout the album you can almost picture him sat with his guitar on the beach, giving an intense calming feel to the entire album. On the downside thought the songs do appear to be all incredibly similar in and show little distinction from each other. In my opinion its a little too monotone and although I do enjoy listening to it every now and then, its hardly top of my play list.
His sound is quite similar to that of other musical talents that are currently out there, a little more upbeat in a sense than Damien Rice while a little more chilled than someone such as James Blunt. Hes also been compared and linked to other American artists including Howie Day and Matt Nathanson. The album gets 3 out of 5 for me, purely because some of the tracks sound a little too similar and its an album that hasnt shown longevity for me Ive hardly played it since the summer!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Better Together
2 Never Know
3 Banana Pancakes
4 Good People
5 No Other Way
6 Sitting, Waiting, Wishing
7 Staple It Together
9 Crying Shame
10 If I Could
13 Do You Remember
15 Mudfootball - Jack Johnson, G. Love, Donavon Frankenreite