In Between Dreams

Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic 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. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    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. The genre-blending charm and sweetness that made Brushfire Fairytales and On and On so nice doesn't change that much, but does it really have to change?
  5. Listening to the surfer/artist’s third album is like sitting on a barstool alongside a good friend, knocking back pints and rappin’ it down about, y’know, life and whatever.
  6. Mojo
    70
    A rare feat: gentle and kind without becoming soppy or daft. [May 2005, p.109]
  7. 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.
  8. Q Magazine
    60
    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]
  9. Fortunately, the delivery has far more in common with Brushfire Fairytales than it does with On and On; rather than continue the "random thoughts put to music" feel of the latter album, songs actually have distinct verses and choruses as on the former, a formula that works much, much better for Johnson.
  10. Johnson appears to think that his smooth acoustic surfer music might need a retooling to reflect this scary new world.
  11. The New York Times
    50
    The songs on "In Between Dreams" (Universal) are so light and self-effacing they might scatter in a tropical breeze. [13 Mar 2005]
  12. After nearly a half-decade of records, Johnson still hasn’t learned anything about time signatures or experimentation, but at least he knows what he does best and sticks to it.
  13. Blender
    40
    An assured yet curiously unsatisfying shamble. [Apr 2005, p.119]
  14. Uncut
    40
    These languid strums would sound suitably fine and mellow stoned on a beach at sunset. [May 2005, p.95]
  15. Spin
    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]
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 140 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 101
  2. Negative: 11 out of 101
  1. Jul 11, 2016
    5
    Jack Johnson has a nice, laid back style that makes his songs sound breezy and effortless. When he's at his best, his songs can be a realJack Johnson has a nice, laid back style that makes his songs sound breezy and effortless. When he's at his best, his songs can be a real treat to listen to, but unfortunately, a lot of the tracks on In Between Dreams sound a little *too* effortless. The second half of the album especially is filled with songs that sound like they were written in half an hour. It's kind of a disappointing listen, especially since the good songs are all frontloaded at the beginning of the album so it just gets progressively less interesting to listen to. Overall it's not really a bad album, per se, just a fairly dull one. It helps to listen when you're in a relaxed mood.

    Standout track: Sitting, Waiting, Wishing
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  2. Jul 7, 2016
    8
    77/100. Really chill album with a bunch of great tracks to listen back on. The best songs are "Better Together", "Banana Pancakes" and "No Other Way".
  3. 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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