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* aural cavity located on the sides of the head for insertion of local music scene
The COMPASS Group, July 2004

On and On

By Stu Nazareth Translated by Ann Li

 

 

Artist::Jack Johnson
Title:On and On
Label: Moonshine Conspiracy Records(www.jackjohnsonmusic.com)
At: Boven Music Store

This can be called the "2003 Best Album by a former Hawaiian surfing pro." The more we listen, the more we like it; the more people we turn on to this gem, the more happy our world becomes. Yet, it is really hard trying to explain why. Johnson plays the kind of music you would expect from a surfer with his guitar at the beach just after sunset: laid-back, acoustic guitar led pop that blends a little reggae and a bit of white-guy rapping/singing. Jack has fantastic songwriting chops and his rhythm section finds the grooves to propel these 16 (shortish) songs. But these are no obvious "cheeseburger in Paradise" type beach ditties. While we have only a vague idea what he's going on about in "Rodeo Clown" or "The Horizon Has Been Defeated," we are compelled to sing along anyway. Jack paints with vivid words, creating a strikingly detailed scene that gives us the room to complete the story. Beach music for the brain.

 

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