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  • Summary: The singer from Hawaii returns with his latest album, which was recorded on solar-powered equipment.
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  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. 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 when played live. Still, the music is enjoyable and calming as always. Expand

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