For the past fifteen years Jack Johnson has made music that’s pretty much the same. He’s not the only one to do this and we certainly won’t hold it against him. He does what he does and he does it really well. The point is, if you go into a Jack Johnson record wanting something new and different then you’re going to be disappointed. If you go into a Jack Johnson record and you’re expecting to hear some casual acoustic grooves to chill out to, then you’ll get exactly that.
Johnson’s latest record, All The Light Above It Too is a masterclass from the singer/songwriter of making his type of music. There’s ten songs here and they’re all high quality songs that his long-time fans will love. The only slight difference here between this record and albums he’s put together in the past is that he throws in a socially conscience lyric or two on the album. Even that’s not all that different though, Johnson’s music has always been highly introspective with an existential thought thrown in here and there. The only real complaint that I have with this album is that it’s a little short. It’s ten songs long but one of them has already been released, so really it’s only nine songs.
Johnson’s latest, more or less, is what It is. Like noted before, if you’re going into this thinking that you’re going to listen to something revolutionary, then you’re more than likely to be disappointed. That said there’s also something to being able to make music in the same vein for fifteen years. People listen because people like it and you can put us in that group too.