To The Sea - Jack Johnson
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  • Summary: Hawaiian native and unofficial kingpin of beachside pop rock, Jack Johnson's newest delivery of breezily spun folk songs capture the mellow mood of Johnson's previous albums, complete with a sunny surf vibe.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
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  1. Call it the signature of a surfer so bleached by the sun that he rushes nothing, but To the Sea substitutes the sunset strum-alongs of his earliest records for a sleek daytime sheen that might glimmer too brightly for hippies but it makes for a better overall pop record.
  2. Here's another set of strummy beachside ballads from the most successful surf bum in history.
  3. A natural progression from 2008 release "Sleep Through the Static," the new set features more electric guitars and a brighter, full-band sound while still bringing plenty of singalong acoustic romanticism and breezy melodies.
  4. Time and again, his choices are predictable, but it's comforting and hard not to like in its gently strummed affability.
  5. Even at its loudest, there's nothing objectionable or earth shattering about To The Sea; but there doesn't really need to be.
  6. 60
    "You And Your Heart" tries to kick out the jams, but in the most polite fashion imaginable. He's at his best on more familiar ground of the mid-tempo chug "Red Wine, Mistakes, Mythology." [Aug 2010, p.84]
  7. 60
    Johnson considers the world's woes with gentle reflection rather than recrimnation, along the way hoping to illuminate his son's path to finding his own truth. [July 2010]

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  1. JayP
    Jun 1, 2010
    10
    That soft Hawaiian acoustic rock that Jack is famous for? Well... it's back.
  2. Jul 28, 2011
    10
    Every album this guy makes is a wonder of laid-back rhythmic strumming and brilliant lyrics- and they just keep getting better and better.
  3. JessicaM.
    Jun 2, 2010
    10
    Absolutely a melodic trip worth taking, To the Sea brings out the beauty of Jack that fans love to indulge in! The feel is a bit more upbeat, Absolutely a melodic trip worth taking, To the Sea brings out the beauty of Jack that fans love to indulge in! The feel is a bit more upbeat, with some electric guitar! Who would've thought they had electric on Jack's little island of paradise! Awesome! Love it! Love it! Love it! Expand
  4. NickF
    Jun 3, 2010
    10
    Great album. JJ returns to his roots in a good way. Reminds me of his first album more so than his last one.
  5. DanM
    Jun 2, 2010
    9
    Love this one as much as all the others! I can't think of a JJ song that i skip over, I listen to them all thanks Jack for some more music.