OK, so here I was thinking, it's been a while since I've reviewed some great albums. Every time I get to share something, especially music CDs, it really feels satisfying. So I skimmed through my extensive album collection and picked this out in random: Brushfire Fairytales by Jack Johnson.
Hmmmm... Well, I can tell you right now, this will definitely be good...
Jack Johnson is a surfer and a songwriter. This will explain the laidback vocals and the casual strumming of his guitar while he sings about anything under the sun. Mr. Johnson knows how to use words to suit any given mood. His music is also quite infectious so don't say I didn't warn you! I've LSS-ed on some of these songs for weeks on end!
Have you ever wondered what music should be playing in the background when you're laying on a hammock in your front yard, a cold glass of lemonade in tow, watching passers-by stare at you as you awkwardly grin at them? OK, so maybe I confessed too much, but all I want to say was Brushfire Fairytales is one of those albums, perfect music for a lazy afternoon.
I will now feature some of my favorite tracks in the album. Not that I don't have the time to describe all of them, I just want to give you the chance to experience the rest of the album by yourself. So here are my choice cuts:
- this is the first track in the album and it best describes the general feel of Mr. Johnson's music. It only takes one or two listens for it to hook you with the relaxed guitar strumming and soft inflections of Jack's voice. In my opinion this was pretty good, and I love the diversion because I listen to rock music all the time. In this song, Jack Johnson also referred to Plato and Albert Einstein of all people, so it's admirable that he made that effort to mention these two geniuses out of nowhere.
- one of Johnson's more popular songs, I bet you've heard of this song somewhere. It has the same laidback quality like most of Jack Johnson's songs but I think Jack also has a message he wants to impart here, so listen to his words carefully. What do you think he's trying to say when he sings: "It seems to me that maybe, pretty much always means no"? It's up to you to interpret that, but I think it's self-explanatory.
You can also watch a YouTube video of Jack Johnson performing Flake here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lphghSeOKHU
- my personal favorite Jack Johnson song, not just in this album but in all of the songs he ever wrote. This song just oozes with charm & creativity, it's like when you hear a new song on the radio that you loved instantly. That was how I felt when I listened to this one for the first time. It was just that good. It's this particular song that made me a big fan of the guy, this is one of the songs in my playlist that gets played over & over when I have a bad day. It manages to cure my case of the blues. I hope it can cure yours too.
- what a sad, sad, sad song. I can't believe Jack Johnson can talk about this depressing subject with so much pathos and passion. It tells of the evening news we always hear nowadays, wars, poverty, death. So much sadness, and yet it's his mother who shields him from the reality of the news. It's the only way his mother knows how to keep her child from growing up too early. Just with these lyrics alone: "Why don't the newscasters cry when they read about people who die? At least they could be decent enough to put just a tear in their eyes"... it makes me think about some things.
...and so the conclusion draws near.
These are only 4 songs so there are 9 more songs for you to discover by yourself. It's a nice warm feeling when I get to share my favorite music artists to the world, knowing that there will be somebody out there who will probably get curious and turn into a fan just like me.
Thanks a lot for reading this. And to Jack Johnson, keep writing these awesome songs man!
I need some new stuff to listen to and my cold glass of lemonade is getting warm...