In Between Dreams - Jack Johnson
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  • Summary: The mellow singer-songwriter re-teams with producer Mario Caldato Jr. for this follow-up to 'On And On.'
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. There's a little reggae touch here, some mild folk there, but mostly Johnson just excels at creating gentle background music that sways like the waves and feels twice as cool.
  2. The drifting chords and soft voice are still in place, only now Johnson's instinct for melody has sharpened alongside his ability to self-edit.
  3. He's so laid-back, it's hard to tell when he's worked up. In more encouraging news, his tunes are meatier. [4 Mar 2005, p.72]
  4. As one dimensional and unadventurous as it may be, In Between Dreams is stronger than 2003's patchy On And On, instantly accessible and just really quite pleasant.
  5. His best work to date because, at last, he actually sounds awake--even if much of the record remains music for dozing in hammocks to. [Apr 2005, p.122]
  6. Johnson appears to think that his smooth acoustic surfer music might need a retooling to reflect this scary new world.
  7. 33
    Doesn't build much on the Buffett ease and placeless island rhythms of Johnson's previous albums, but hey, ambition is for the ambitious. [Apr 2005, p.102]

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  1. Positive: 87 out of 99
  2. Negative: 11 out of 99
  1. Jan 17, 2011
    10
    Stand-Out Tracks: All of them! -
    Favorite lyrics: "The wisdom's in the trees, not the glass windows.", "Our hearts are strong, our heads are
    Stand-Out Tracks: All of them! -
    Favorite lyrics: "The wisdom's in the trees, not the glass windows.", "Our hearts are strong, our heads are weak, we'll always be competing, never knowing", "If I was in your position, I'd put down all my ammunition, I'd wonder why it had taken me so long." -
    Cover art: Perfect! -
    Position with other albums: Best Jack Johnson album, with Sleep Through The Static coming in a close second -
    Overall: A very good album with no flaws. This album is very good for relaxing to, especially in the Summer.
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  2. Louise
    Apr 8, 2005
    10
    awesome!!!!
  3. RayT.
    Dec 7, 2005
    10
    real music
  4. MackieO
    Mar 5, 2005
    9
    Great lyrics, great sound, relaxing, smooth and calming, to be truthful i wasn't a Jack Johnson fan before this CD, but after really Great lyrics, great sound, relaxing, smooth and calming, to be truthful i wasn't a Jack Johnson fan before this CD, but after really lisenting to it.....i found myself really enjoying it Expand
  5. emc
    Jun 4, 2006
    9
    i got this for a christmas present, and when i first put it in the player i honestly thought, "gosh this is boring." but then one day i i got this for a christmas present, and when i first put it in the player i honestly thought, "gosh this is boring." but then one day i decided to play it again, to see how the songs felt after a while...and it just got better and better and now i can't stop listening to jack. AWESOME... when you listen to 'in between dreams' you can't help feeling so at peace with the world and it always lifts my mood, no matter what. THUMBS UP Expand
  6. NoahE
    May 10, 2005
    8
    The thing about how many critics have reviewed Jack Johnson already is that I feel they do not account for the one thing that I believe is The thing about how many critics have reviewed Jack Johnson already is that I feel they do not account for the one thing that I believe is truly turning Jack Johnson into a powerful cult music force; musical personality. Yes, we can all agree Jack Johnson is no guitar master, nor is he necessarily a revolutionary songwriter. But I became attached to Jack Johnson from the "Brushfire Fairytales" era because after hearing the second single "Bubble Toes", despite the similar strumming pattern of that track and "Flake", he is just that kind of artist you can be so easily accustomed to, whether you are absolutely in love with him or annoyed by him. Jack Johnson has a wonderful, enthralling personality in himself and his music. He can be very playful and fun-loving, yet he also never fears to speak his convictions of serious issues like the war in Iraq and the people represented in our media. He can always present himself like the child inside the man or is never afraid to share his feminine side, yet he also has that mild sarcasm play in him and masculine swing to other jams. Moreover, it's his voice. Even on something like "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing", with venomous lyrics to an ex-lover, he always keeps his cool and sings in a soothing, peaceful tone. Very rarely do you hear anyone always keep their cool across a plethora of situations. Jack Johnson's voice and personality I believe is just what the world needs and wants in a difficult post-911 climate where fear and uncertainty is dominant and too many just want to find a comforting voice...or simply just to get a smile or a giggle out of one of his cute, wordplay numbers like "Mudfootball" or "Banana Pancakes". I think Jack Johnson has become one major cult outlet for that. Beyond everyone's opinion of Jack Johnson if he may or may not be too repetitive in his style of music and recording or what not, I believe his personality is really the one thing that has won hundreds of thousands over and why he has two million-plus selling records and a third album now destined to even eclipse "On And On" now under his belt! And on "In Between Dreams", it's no exception. Though he speaks of the troubling things in the world ("Good People", "Crying Shame") he doesn't let it overwhelm him and rid of the playful, innocent inner-child and lover in him ("Banana Pancakes", "Better Together", "Constellations", "Do You Remember"). It would be nice to see Jack Johnson make the effort to be more experimental with his music from here on (maybe incorporate some steel drums, a merengue twist, pan flutes, etc.) into his blend of tropical folk. But personality has proven to shape artists, and is what makes this release enjoyable. Expand
  7. JesseJ
    Mar 10, 2005
    0
    ENOUGH! you're not even as good as Jimmy Buffet and that's really saying something. Get lost, please.

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