Ecorazzi has reported on the build up to Jack Johnson’s latest release, To The Sea. We’ve shared, for example, that the album was recorded in two solar-powered studios and that all proceeds from his green-infused summer tour will be donated to charitable organizations.
Now that To The Sea has hit the shelves, what are music reviewers saying about Johnson and his feel-good tunes?
Well, lean back in your hammock – this former surfer has not abandoned his chillout, guitar-based vibe. “His choices are predictable,” says Margaret Wappler of the Los Angeles Times, “but it’s comforting and hard not to like in its gently strummed affability.”
Critics agree that the opening track “You and Your Heart” offers To The Sea its greatest edge. The song’s lyrics address a perpetual hater: “You cut the people passing by/ Because you know what you don’t like / It’s just so easy.” Clearly this isn’t Pretty Hate Machine, but the song provides a more rousing, opinionated sound than the tracks that follow.
The critics’ favorite spin, however, appears to be “From the Clouds.” Rolling Stone calls it “the quintessential Jack Johnson song.” The Associated Press muses that “it’s the sort of perfect song a girl wants to have her guy sing to her, and a song that any guy could manage to pull off.”
And what say you? Have you purchased To The Sea? Do you agree with these early reviews?