Sleep Through The Static Jack Johnson and Friends

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Album-Release:
2008

HRA-Release:
27.05.2014

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  • 1All At Once03:38
  • 2Sleep Through The Static03:43
  • 3Hope03:42
  • 4Angel02:03
  • 5Enemy03:48
  • 6If I Had Eyes03:59
  • 7Same Girl02:11
  • 8What You Thought You Need05:27
  • 9Adrift03:56
  • 10Go On04:35
  • 11They Do, They Don't04:10
  • 12While We Wait01:26
  • 13Monsoon04:17
  • 14Losing Keys04:28
  • Total Runtime51:23

Info for Sleep Through The Static

Reportedly recorded on a solar-powered 8-track reel-to-reel, the songs--which, as he explains in the liner notes, concern 'making babies...and raising them'--intimately reveal Johnson's newfound family bliss.

He brings to the studio his touring band of drummer Adam Topol, bassist Merlo Podlewski, and keyboardist Zach Gill, who adds piano trills reminiscent of those in Nick Drake's 'Pink Moon.' A laidback Cali quality brims throughout cuts such as the title track and 'Hope,' as producer Robert Carranza keeps the sounds present but never overbearing.

If James Taylor was the face of '70s soft rock, then pro-surfer-turned-multi-platinum singer-songwriter Jack Johnson is surely his millennial counterpart: an easy-on-the-ears commercial juggernaut that the critics dismiss with undisguised and somewhat unjustified bile. Johnson's response to his detractors is to dig in, and with „Sleep Through The Static“, his fifth--and best--set of soulfully mellow but emphatically hooky jams, he does just that.

Jack Johnson, vocals, guitar
Zach Gill, vocals, keyboards
Trent Johnson, acoustic guitar
Merlo Podlewski, bass guitar
Adam Topol, drums
J.P. Plunier, hand claps, background vocals
Emmett Malloy, hand claps
Josh Arroyo, hand claps
Danny Riley, background vocals

Recorded at the Solar Powered Plastic Plant, Los Angeles, CA, and The Mango Tree, Hawaii
Engineered by Robert Carranza
Mastered by Bernie Grundman
Produced by JP Plunier

Digitally remastered

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Jack Johnson
blissful acoustics and surf-rock vocals have captivated an audience beyond the beaches of southern California. Johnson has been a staple on the summer tour scene since releasing his debut album in 2001 and this year is no different. Jack Johnson tour dates are currently scheduled internationally in support of his most recent album, To The Sea.

Johnson hails from the Big Island of Hawaii and was a professional surfer by his teens. His brief surfing career included a Quicksilver sponsorship and an invitation to the Pipeline Master's that ended with 150 stitches and a few missing teeth. With his surf career on hold, Johnson enrolled at the University of California - Santa Barbara where he graduated with a degree in film. He met his soulmate and future wife while at college and she serves as the inspiration to many of his songs.

After befriending recording artist G. Love, Johnson headed to the studio and the two created the track "Rodeo Clowns" for G. Love's album Philadelphonic. Johnson also put his film degree to good use and co-directed the surf documentary Thicker Than Water in 2000. He then recorded a demo that made its way to producer, J. P. Plunier, who produced his debut album Brushfire Fairytales in 2001. The album was a platinum success and it featured his signature song "Flake". Jack Johnson's concert schedule included a national tour and a sold-out show at the Hollywood Bowl.

Johnson was quick to return with a follow-up, On and On, in 2003 which was recorded at his studio, The Mango Tree, in Hawaii. The album continued along with his acoustic-rock ready anthems and was another platinum hit. Johnson spent the rest of the decade recording and touring. He released In Between Dreams in 2005 which became his first #1 album on the Billboard 200 followed by Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George which also hit #1. Johnson's next album Sleep Through the Static reenlisted JP Plunier as producer and was recorded at a studio that used 100% solar energy. The album was released in 2008 and became his third #1 platinum album. Jack Johnson's concert schedule included a worldwide, and whirlwind tour, that played throughout the year. Live versions of his most popular songs were captured at certain Jack Johnson concert dates and were compiled for his first live album En Concert in 2009.

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