"From Here To Now To You" - 13:09:13
Jack Johnson has broken up with his last two studio albums into something somber sonic corners, and even electric guitars, actually not just his trademark, played in his sound suddenly a greater role than previously. However, this summer, returns to the relaxed rounder from Hawaii with his sixth studio album "From Here To Now To You" back to its roots: It emphasizes on album length, that he is the true master of the folk-rock with surf Vibe genres, even if he again extended the range of sounds and can incorporate new in his sound. Fully written on acoustic guitar and later extended to other instruments, sounds "From Here To Now To You" absolutely old-school and tired at the same time, and the emotional stories that unpacks Johnson in his lyrics, are unpretentious and honest as rare.
In addition, "From Here To Now To You", recorded in own Mango Tree Studio in Hawaii, the first album after a long time, the back together with Mario Caldato, Jr. - producer (Beastie Boys, Super Furry Animals, Seu Jorge) Johnson's hit album "In Between Dreams" (2005) - and Ben Harper has arisen; Harper had fOr Johnsons very first single "Flake" contributed the slide guitar. By Jack Johnson, of course, also brought his former band, consisting of Adam Topol, Merlo Podlewski and Zach Gill into his own studio, exudes the sixth album overall fOr him so typical heat while the songs, although they seem very simple and straightforward, are extremely varied and cover a wide range of moods and emotions.
Probably the biggest impact on "From Here To Now To You" had his family, as Johnson says, and so the album begins with "I Got You", a real hymn dedicated to the sometimes whistling singer his wife Kim, and includes with a track called "Home": here he is dedicated to the own domicile, the sprawl around it, the waxing moon about it while the guitars make every single detail even more tangible. His daughter, however, is "You Remind Me Of You" dedicated, a serious yet playful piece in which reclined scat songs encounter small swipes against their own performance as a father ("Daddy made you messy / And yourmama made you neat"). With "Never Fade" he directed again to his wife and looks at the first meeting of the two back, of how to emphasize the soulful lines, the fans have ultimately owe a lot: "You see I knew right then / That This Could load so long / I went home did night / I wrote my first love song". Who knows what songs we would otherwise have missed ...
But Johnson presents "From Here To Now To You" also very different topics: Sometimes there are stories about the youth and their thirst for action, sometimes it is a concern for the future of our planet. He added to "Washing Dishes" in the role of a dish washer with a vision ("I've been washing dishes / Singing from the bottom / But one day I'll be running this place / And one day I could take you away"), While the similar programmatically titled "Tape Deck" the listener in an era kidnapped, in the Johnson still tried unsuccessfully zusammenzubekommen his first real rock band: "And all of the girls will be in the front row / but in the end we just chickened out / Because we can not sing, we can only shout." Fortunately, he now does not cry anymore.
"Ones and Zeros" sounds very different turn; somewhat bleak, influenced by British folk, Johnson is dedicated to the environment and problematizes the still rapidly spreading further Technikobsession of mankind: "Into a world where boys and girls / Are holding hand-held devices / While they're eating and they're sleeping / And they're dreaming of the prices." Also found on the new album still a love song that he dedicated the whole universe ( "Do not Believe A Thing I Say"), and a knotless pop song included handclaps ( "Shot Reverse Shot") - with the rather surrealistic lyrics in the latter case both of trick shots and rock-scissors-paper-games is ...
Although his unmistakable vocals and acoustic guitar on "From Here To Now To You" clearly represent the foundation, Johnson knits his soundscapes with a variety of other instruments; among others, ukulele, melodica, bass kalimba, glockenspiel and a Wurlitzer piano. On "Change" the slide guitar of Ben Harper is again to hear, and the sounds from Harpers Weissenborn lap steel intensify melancholy mood, his words presented in the Johnson About getting older. However sounds "From Here To Now To You", despite occasional melancholy approaches, generally optimistic and "easy", as you know from Johnson; responsible for this was particularly the unique chemistry with Caldato (with its Brazilian roots), which today still lives with one foot in Rio and with Johnson not only shares the taste for reggae.
Even Hawaii is always a big influence because of "Iceland boy" apparently can not help when his beloved homeland, the vibe of paradise North Shore to have repeatedly shine through in songwriting: "From Here To Now To You" was mostly on the private veranda, then resumed at very close to the sea in their own studio to be, which of course also means that there have been pauses in which swimming and surfing were at sunset on the program ... the inner balance, the ease which bring such a life plan, and such a creative process with itself, guarantee well the unaffected ease his compositions.
" 'To The Sea' was rather a kind of transition, a stopover, I would say, but this new album feels like coming home," says Johnson, who for ten years now and his wife own nonprofit organization more education in the environment operates. While he was on the hit album "To The Sea" (2010; ranked # 1 in the UK, USA, # 4 in D) and before then intensively "Sleep Through The Static" (2008) confined to the death of loved ones from had concerned family, sounds "From here to Now to You" a lot of liberated, cheerful, without, however, without the necessary pages emotional depth or great stories with which the audience (necessarily) to identify: "Although it is very personal things are that I unpack there, so they are true, they are at the same time but also general enough formulated to the audience it to their own life situation transferring can, "says the singer, who also is a so gifted storyteller that his entire approach - the tone, the mood, the worldview - for years infects more and more fans and enthusiastic.
How important the fans are these stories prove, not least the numbers: About 19 million albums Jack Johnson has sold since the release of his debut album "Brushfire Fairytales". With "From Here To Now To You", he provides not only the next chapter, but gives his fans with each song the opportunity to discover their own lives in the song: "It's unbelievably important," he says, " and this is also the real trick for me to see the point of the right balance. For me it works like this: First, I write a song and Then check if I can share it with the rest of the world Ever, "said Johnson, who will be touring North America and Europe in the fall. "And finally I decide then most but in favor because I just assume go out that either way the people of each X for Y replace so himself purely thinking there. So it is at the end then their own history. "
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