Jack Johnson is a singer-songwriter, musician, actor, record producer, documentary filmmaker, and former professional surfer. He was born in North Shore, Hawaii. His music centers multiple types of genres, including folk rock, soft rock, acoustic rock, and surf rock. In 2001, he achieved commercial success after the release of his debut album, Brushfire Fairytales. Johnson has reached number one on the Billboard 200 chart with his albums Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George in 2006, Sleep Through the Static in 2008, To the Sea in 2010, and From Here to Now to You in 2013. Johnson’s In Between Dreams album peaked at number 2 on the chart in 2005 and again in 2013.
Johnson’s All the Light Above It Too, released on September 8th, 2017, is his seventh studio album. The album is a little under 40 minutes, exploring rock, folk rock, and surf rock.
An interesting information regarding his artistic creation is that the album was mostly inspired by the sayings of Donald Trump, surfing, and camping. Also, Johnson had just recently worked on the short documentary, “Smog of the Sea”, and released his song “Fragments”.The documentary took a one-week journey through the sea to study animals and sea creatures. This got Johnson thinking about what Trump has said about pollution and global warming, and has also included this in his album. Johnson’s songs were mostly written while he was camping in the wilderness, or on boats.
When I first encountered the cover art of the album, I instantly knew the setting or background was the beach. The sand and the brightly colored objects instantly brought me to the conclusion. It appears as if he is lying down with his acoustic guitar, surrounded by an array of beach objects and other interesting pieces of artwork. Besides that, the title of the artist and his album name is referred above, with block letters.
I first listened to “Subplots.” It is definitely the type of music movie directors would include during a romantic time between a guy and girl. Also, this type of groove is what I put on when I drive to the beach, somewhere beautiful and free, where I can be stress less and giddy. “Big Sur” starts out with beautiful guitar chords, with his warm and sweet voice blending in without interruption. I ultimately feel positive and energized as I walk through my day, caught in reverie and good vibes. My favorite selection is “Love Song #16.” The simple guitar background and his casual yet talented vocals present a deeper relationship between his performance and my exposure. I seem to automatically understand the meaning and depth of his music. Overall, this album elicits positivity, brightness, and rejuvenation.
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All the Light Above It Too Tracklist
- “You Can’t Control It”
- “Sunsets For Somebody Else”
- “My Mind Is For Sale”
- “Big Sur”
- “Love Song #16”
- “Is One Moon Enough”
- “Fragments “(From the Film “The Smog of the Sea”)