Sleep Through The Static

User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 49
  2. Negative: 8 out of 49

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  1. MM.
    Mar 1, 2008
    3
    Trite lyrics? Check. Average-at-best musicianship? Check. An artist who fails to grow at all and keeps trying to make the same album over and over and over again? Check. If you guessed Jack Johnson, you'd be correct. Here's another yawner from the aforementioned singer/songwriter. You lost me from track one buddy.
  2. DiandraC.
    Jun 3, 2008
    3
    I miss Jack's old laid back feel. These songs are overly dramatic and not him.
  3. TomH.
    Apr 10, 2008
    1
    His worst album yet. A very boring album, lullaby worthy.
  4. RM
    Feb 9, 2008
    1
    Sorry this is a very unprofessional review, perhaps, but the fact that he recorded the album using solar powered equipment shows what a simple minded audience he is going for. Music for simple minded people tends not to be very good. So it is almost fair to say this album can't be much good.
  5. ChristopherD
    Feb 12, 2008
    1
    Heard the album today- unfortunately it was complete garbage as was to be expected. As RM rightfully stated earlier, Johnson's songs are written with a simplistic audience in mind- which explains the simplistic structure and painfully simplistic lyrics. I'm certainly not making an argument for musical complexity per se, but man, can someone please explain what makes Heard the album today- unfortunately it was complete garbage as was to be expected. As RM rightfully stated earlier, Johnson's songs are written with a simplistic audience in mind- which explains the simplistic structure and painfully simplistic lyrics. I'm certainly not making an argument for musical complexity per se, but man, can someone please explain what makes Johnson's music any different from the thousands of coffeeshop musicians and beach bums that do the exact same thing for chump change? Also, I kind of agree with the inference that "music written for simple minded people tends not to be very good." It probably requires a bit of an argument to back it up but I think in general this rule tends to hold up. Expand
  6. Drew
    Feb 13, 2008
    0
    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.
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61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Sleep Through the Static marks a tentative step forward for this improbable superstar.
  2. Sleep Through the Static has one gear, and that's the one marked "Actually, can we do it tomorrow?"
  3. 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.