Say what you will about Jack Johnson
: He’s boring, all his songs sound alike, you pretty much gotta be smoking a doobie to come down to his laid-back level. But not too many artists can make the slack lifestyle seem so effortless. Dude’s a surfer, an outdoorsman, and an environment-loving peacenik. He was even born in Hawaii. All of this comes through in his music.
Johnson has released four albums since 2001 (not counting his Curious George
soundtrack). Each one has gotten increasingly shaper and tougher. His latest CD, Sleep Through the Static
, is decidedly his most rocking-out record – but you really wouldn’t know it, since Johnson’s idea of rocking out is turning his amp up to five for a couple of songs ...