Jack Johnson
In Between Dreams

  1 x LP   standard   33⅓rpm     gatefold sleeve 

2005 EU issue on standard LP=in gatefold Sleeve- In Between Dreams marks Jack Johnson’s third album and is his most musically upbeat yet, no doubt inspired by the delight of becoming a father. However, as we have come to expect from Jack, he never le...

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Release date: 17-03-2005

2005 EU issue on standard LP=in gatefold Sleeve- In Between Dreams marks Jack Johnson’s third album and is his most musically upbeat yet, no doubt inspired by the delight of becoming a father. However, as we have come to expect from Jack, he never lets his emotions boil over; he's so laid-back it's hard to tell when he's worked up. With his laidback grooves and hooks, it's easy to forget your own worries and ease away the stresses of the day with the comfortable knowledge that you're in the hands of a songwriting master. Beautifully recorded and masterfully written, In Between Dreams is a must have for Jack Johnson fans, or anyone that just needs to take a break from the bustle of everyday life, settle into a hammock and drift away.

Tracks:
A1     Better Together     
A2     Never Know     
A3     Banana Pancakes     
A4     Good People
A5     No Other Way
    
B1     Sitting, Waiting, Watching
B2     Staple It Together
B3     Situations     
B4     Crying Shame
B5     If I Could     
B6     Breakdown
B7     Belle
B8     Do You Remember     
B9     Constellations

For a man who gets his biggest kicks surfing the waves and strumming his guitar on a lonely beach in native Hawaii, singer-songwriter Jack Johnson has carved out quite a remarkable career on the mainland. His 2003 album, On and On, debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and subsequently went platinum on the back of hit single "The Horizon Has Been Defeated." The follow-up, meanwhile, seems destined to shine even brighter. The drifting chords and soft voice are still in place, only now Johnson's instinct for melody has sharpened alongside his ability to self-edit. These small concessions make third album, In Between Dreams, his most conspicuous, particularly on tracks like the three-minute relationship drama, "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing," and "Breakdown," a song he originally recorded for Handsome Boy Modeling School's White People album remade here to reveal its full stripped-down loveliness. Imagine all the coconuts it will buy. -- Aidin Vaziri

 Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson writes songs that just feel good, sticking to an equation that combines his warm, relaxed voice with an acoustic guitar. That cozy formula made him a favorite among American college crowds, so it's no surprise that Johnson sticks with what he does best for his third album, In Between Dreams. Producer Mario Caldato, Jr. is back again, touching up Johnson's summery backdrop for another playful set of songs. The genre-blending charm and sweetness that fueled Brushfire Fairytales and On and On hasn't changed that much, but does it really have to? Johnson, alongside drummer Adam Topol and bassist Merlo Podlewski, makes safe records. While there isn't anything wrong with that, taking a few more risks sonically and lyrically wouldn't work against him. Tender moments such as "If I Could" and "No Other Way" showcase a more reserved side on In Between Dreams. Other highlights include the lullaby-like "Breakdown" and the bossa nova rhythms of "Do You Remember." Whether he's singing about being in love -- which he does quite well on "Better Together" and "Banana Pancakes" -- or reflecting on its hardships, Johnson's laid-back approach is his biggest strength. In Between Dreams is a bit brighter and more upbeat, but his song remains the same.

Discs: 1
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): standard
Speed(33,45): 33
Extra info: gatefold sleeve
Label: Universal
This release: 2005
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