Jack Johnson Goes Eclectic on “From Here to Now to You”
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 23:09
Coffee shop-rock veteran Jack Johnson delights fans with his sixth studio album, “From Here to Now to You”- an EP that celebrates each and all of life’s simplicities. The 12 tracks are nearly all acoustic, but a hint of country seeps into much of the album. A Hawaii native, Johnson produces music to swing on hammocks by and nap to, but keeps in mind those who reside North of his island oasis, invoking a highly outdoorsy feel.
The opener for the album is “I Got You,” an uncomplicated track that likely alludes to his love for his wife; “this weight is too much alone…you take it on for me, when tomorrow’s too much.” “Washing Dishes” message is just as self-explanatory. In this song, he admits, although he may be performing menial labor, (literally or figuratively “washing dishes”) it’s the resulting humility that completes his character in the end. When it comes to Jack’s music, what you see is what you get; simple lyricism, simple instrumentation, but charming all the same.
“Tape Deck” is when the country really emerges, with bluegrass-y production, imperfectly scratchy guitar and the strumming of a bouncy ukulele. At 3:21, listeners can visit rural Tennessee without getting up from their chair. Close your eyes and drift off as Johnson provides the farmhouse and dirt road imagery.
Johnson shows off his scatting abilities in “You Remind Me of You,” another cute-sy and affectionate track on the album that satisfies the rhythmic tastes of both southerners and islanders. “Daddy made you messy and your mommy made ya neat,” he croons, mildly teasing his significant other’s loveable idiosyncrasies. Evident in all of his current and past work, Jack Johnson has a heart full of love–and it’s his sandy vocals and guitar that communicate it the best.
The final track, “Home,” pulls things together and reinforces the universal love for home sweet home. Whether it’s the love of your family, Jack’s elaborately described vegetable garden, or even your dog–it’s key to remember the real components that make up “home.”