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  • Summary: The singer from Hawaii returns with his latest album, which was recorded on solar-powered equipment.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Dark sentiments are balanced by warm melodies and gently rootsy arrangements.
  2. Jackson is back with his old producer JP Plunier and 'Hope' even has a mellow ska refrain. Johnson's vocals--imagine a Noughties take on Paul Simon and Cat Stevens--are utterly addictive, but this time there's a grown-up vibe to the trippy prose.
  3. At its heart there is a beautiful record in there for anyone with the time and patience to find it.
  4. No matter what instrument he's playing or what he's singing about, his music still feels the same, which is enough to satisfy his fans but not to win him many new ones.
  5. On Sleep Through the Static, Johnson has returned to his five basic modes of shuffling and stargazing, all of which are plenty easy on the ears but somehow flabbier.
  6. He’s crafted yet another replica batch of breezy, walk-along-the-beach jams [which] won’t matter to his fans, who keep coming back to their sandal-footed prophet regardless.
  7. 40
    You'd be hard pressed to find anything to summon the blood and stiffen the sinew among the 14 songs on offer here. [Mar 2007, p.90]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 6 out of 28
  1. SarahJ
    Aug 20, 2008
    I think it is great. How could anyone disagree? Jack writes his own lyrics based off of his life and feelings and thoughts. That is art in it's truest form, if you ask me. I love all of his songs. I think they are deep and meaningful - to him especially. He writes to his wife, his sons, his friends, and his brothers/cousin etc. Yes he has kids now so he sees the world differently. He also suffered a loss of a dear cousin during the time he wrote these songs. The CD reflects his life and his emotions. I think adding Zach Gill on piano was a nice touch too. Expand
  2. DavidC.
    Feb 11, 2008
    I just recently started to the album and I loved it from the first spin. I was more compelled to rate this album in response to a prior rating by "RM." I don't really understand how the reviewer made the following statement: "the fact that he recorded the album using solar powered equipment shows what a simple minded audience he is going for." Am I missing something? The reviewer then deducted that since it was a simple-minded audience that Jack Johnson was going for, the music was not good because simple-minded people like bad music. I just want to make light of the fact that the review made absolutely no sense and brought down a generally favorable rating of 8.6 in the previous 5 reviews to a 6.2. Rock on Jack Johnson, and thanks for a wonderful album! Expand
  3. Paige
    May 23, 2008
    People need to stop being so small-minded. The lyrics in his music are genius. People who expect something and it doesn't turn out the exact way they planned then they are so quick to judge and put it down. In case you haven't really listened to the lyrics, especially of the title track, it's a protest song. Generally protest songs aren't violent and if they were straight forward about it then they would be accused of being unpatriotic. He is just expressing his thoughts on things going on in the world today. I'm sure this is the exact reaction he was expecting from this album. The title tells it all..."Sleep Through the Static"...there are things going on all around you that if you just took the time to realize and think about you would probably care about and do something to change. So I challenge any of you that say you don't like his album to listen to it again, just listen to the lyrics and interpret them. The lyrics themselves are worth buying the CD. Expand
  4. MVV
    Feb 15, 2008
    Overall, it's a nice listen. If this would be his first album, it would probably be getting good (if not smashing) revues. But that's not the case, being that there are 4 other Jack Johnson albums, that sound exactly the same as this one. The hype around this album was that Johnson had plugged in the electric for a change, but that sounds are still not as fresh as one would hope. "The actors are different but the plot is still the same" . Some decent cuts though, such as album opener "All at once". Expand
  5. RobM.
    Mar 11, 2008
    Okay, Okay... yes, I think we can agree this is not jack's best thing out there. It's an overall bland record that does seem to sit in the same melodic stand still. I have been a jack supporter since "on and on" and this is probably my least favorite record. When I initially heard it, I said, "this is typical jack"(a bit dissapointed), but after listening to the album more and more, it does grow on do apprecitate the simplistic, easy listening, laid back(maybe too laid back) approach jack always takes to his music. I must laugh when you say jack's a horrible artist or he can't be a headliner! Ha, who are you trying to kid... look, get off your high horse, bottom line is your talking about a guy with incredible talent, voice control, and tone that many artists lack, please go back to searching for that 'panic at the disco' tour date and learn the meaning of true instrumentals before slamming a guy for putting out good music. The simple fact that Jack is such a stand up guy who truly understands the simplicities of life; holstering family values, and making society more aware of their surroundings will have me waiting to buy his next release! Even if it is recorded thru molecular combustion and is genrally reviewed as 'crap'!! Expand
  6. SteveO.
    Apr 11, 2008
    What happened? Let me start off by saying I absoutely LOVE his last album he put out w/ "Good People" and "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing"... I even enjoyed the Curious George album! But what happened to good old Jack? The songs are complete SNOOZERS!!! Something is definately missing in this record that ALL the other Jack Johnson records seem to have... This only gets a 5 because his other cds are so great... DONT BUY! Expand
  7. Drew
    Feb 13, 2008
    Jack Johnson is a terrible musician. I didn't ever really mind his music but just every song sounds the same and makes him laughable to be even considered as a musician. The fact that he can be considered a "headliner" at Coachella AND Bonnaroo is absolutely absurd! Sorry this is just a rant, but i absolutely loathe so many things he chooses to be. Especially the music he chooses to record. Expand

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