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.'
Score distribution:
  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
    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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