Jack Johnson embraces less is more with a stellar release in From Here To Now To You!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around does it make a sound? Would Jack Johnson care? Yes to the first question and no to the second. The zen like and occasionally melancholy approach of less is more reaches fruition From Here To Now To You.
Songs about life, love, family are all here and all done in that incredibly organic deconstructed style that is the Hawaii based singer songwriter's wheelhouse. This particular release marks a welcome return to an almost all acoustic release which simply heightens the incredibly chill vibe that permeates each tune. Surprises? None. Innovation? None. The ability to be comfortable in your own artistic skin and simply do some tweaking on what works and what may not is the sign of an artist that is unwavering in direction and integrity.
From Here To Now To You celebrates the evolution of the consummate singer / songwriter. While chill seems to be the pretentious buzz word that has lost all meaning in smooth jazz, chill fits Jack Johnson and From Here To Now To You like a glove.
Enjoy those banana pancakes!
Tracks: I Got You; Washing Dishes; Shot Reverse Shot; Never Fade; Tape Deck; Don't Believe A Thing I Say; As I Was Saying; You Remind Me Of You; Radiate; Ones and Zeros; Change (Featuring Ben Harper); Home.
Personnel: Jack Johnson: Vocals, Guitar, Ukulele, Dobro, Percussion; Adam Topol: Drums, Percussion; Merlo Podlewski: Bass, Piano, Vibes, Guitar; Zach Gill: Piano, Wurlitzer, Vibes, Glockenspiel, Accordion, Melodica, Vocals, Bass Kalimba; Vocals, Weissenborn Slide Guitar.