Jack Johnson delivers a well-rounded affair with ‘All the Light Above It Too.’ He does a great job of balancing stripped and more electric moments.
Jack Johnson is one chill bro. Arguably, he’s too chill at times. Nonetheless, he’s consistent, and, he has a fantastic, cool voice. Throughout the course of his latest album, All the Light Above It Too, he bestows the listener with his good vibes once more. As in the past, sometimes Johnson is too cool. However, on All the Light Above It Too, he has some moments that are more assertive without compromising his artistry or style. It’s kind of cool. Here are the top-five songs from All the Light Above It Too.
No. 1: “My Mind is For Sale”
On “My Mind is For Sale,” production is heavier. Even so, Johnson never seems to get bothered with the stresses of life. He tackles politics, but he doesn’t exhibit a particularly angry tone. From the start, he paints a picture of every progressive musician’s enemy – President Donald Trump. Throughout “My Mind is For Sale,” Johnson characterizes Trump as well as the fallout from his presidency. Ultimately, this is one of the most chill, yet thrilling tracks he’s ever recorded on his hands.
No. 2: “Sunsets for Somebody Else”
Standout “Sunsets for Somebody Else” packs more punch than “You Can’t Control It” (the second song off the album). The chief accompaniment is acoustic guitar. This is another pleasant, unobjectionable song from Johnson. It’s sort of vanilla, yet it’s not blasé.
No. 3: “Big Sur”
Like “My Mind for Sale,” “Big Sur” features tropical, world music influences that are inescapable and infectious. Johnson remains cool, calm, and collected, but there’s a charm about his vocals. Even though Jack never asserts himself in an aggressive manner, his personality wins you over, despite his subtlety.
No. 4: “Subplots”
“Subplots” provides a spirited, yet simplistic and poised start to All the Light Above It Too. It features solid production work that’s never over- nor under-produced. The production makes excellent use of acoustic and electric guitars in particular. Ultimately, a standout, “Subplots” is well-written, featuring fitting chill, mellow, and poised vocals by Johnson.
No. 5: “Gather”
On “Gather,” the groove goes hard – can you say poppin’? The sounds of the islands are alive and well, while Johnson maintains his unbothered, cool persona. Everything feels natural and right. There’s a soulfulness that’s not forced, and all in all, the pleasantries continue.
All in all, Jack Johnson delivers a well-rounded affair with All the Light Above It Too. He’s a minimalist artist, but for the most part, he does a great job of balancing stripped and more ‘electric’ moments. No, Johnson is not an artist known for loud dynamics, but contextually, he gets ‘into it’ at times.
Gems: “Subplots,” “Sunsets for Somebody Else,” “My Mind is For Sale,” “Big Sur,” & “Gather”