Sleep Through The Static

Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic 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. Saying that Jack Johnson's fourth record is languid and breezy is a little like saying the Cubs probably won't win it all this year, but Sleep Through the Static takes Johnson's ├╝ber-chill, barefoot-in-a-hammock vibe to new heights--or mediums, depending on how you look at such things.
  4. This won't alienate any fans--his voice is as soothing as ever--but it's pleasing to see him stimulating more than just a goofy grin. [Mar 2008, p.102]
  5. 70
    The more you listen, the less soothing his songs become; this is drifty music about living a rootless life where satisfaction is elusive.
  6. At its heart there is a beautiful record in there for anyone with the time and patience to find it.
  7. With an album proper to offer this time around, it seems that Johnson is back with a vengeance--fans of his effortlessly laid-back acoustic fare will immediately warm to this strong collection of songs.
  8. If anything, Discipline may be too subtle: a pretty, smartly produced collection that sometimes sounds like background music.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 6 out of 28
  1. Sep 7, 2010
    8
    a nice effort from Johnson, though not his best and not really a great album... as with most of his music, it is much much improved whena nice effort from Johnson, though not his best and not really a great album... as with most of his music, it is much much improved when played live. Still, the music is enjoyable and calming as always. Full Review »
  2. SarahJ
    Aug 20, 2008
    10
    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 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. Full Review »
  3. SimonW.
    Aug 11, 2008
    10
    RM is a tosser I wonder what type of music he listens to? ABBA i mean seriously WTF.