From Here to Now to You

From Here to Now to You

by Jack Johnson

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Overview

On his 2013 album From Here to Now to You, the surfing soft rock superstar Jack Johnson continues the subtle shift in his sound that began on his previous album, To the Sea. Like he did there, Johnson again spices up the sweet and sleepy acoustic ballads that are his claim to fortune and fame with some songs that have a little more bubbly, uptempo pop in their DNA. He and his able band put some surprising bounce in lighthearted rockers like "Shot Reverse Shot" and "Washing Dishes"; give his tale of playing in punk bands as a teen, "Tape Deck," a nice shaggy loping feel; and get almost funky on the jam band-friendly "Radiate." These tracks give the album a few nice jolts of energy, though jolt may be the wrong word. Maybe more like gentle nudges. Certainly not drastic enough to detract from the reliably mellow mood Johnson creates on the rest of the album as his quiet and peaceful tunes work like a shot of musical melatonin. Songs like the sweetly romantic "I Got You," the gently questioning "Don't Believe a Thing I Say," and the truly lovely ballad "Change" are like melodic cocktails guaranteed to give you a light and breezy buzz with no hangover the next day. When he gets a little melancholy, which he does a couple times, he does it in such a pleasant way that the slightly dark sentiments float by like stray clouds. Only one song lets down the side, the treacly and slightly odd ode to parenthood "You Remind Me of You," which equates children with clones and sounds way too silly compared to the rest of the record. This one stumble aside, From Here to Now to You is another impressive record from Johnson. The way he mixes sounds, styles, and moods on the album is, like it was on To the Sea, a nice step in the right direction; the songs are typically strong; and the whole thing goes down as easily as ice-cold soda pop on a hot summer day.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/17/2013
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602537455263
catalogNumber: 001878702
Rank: 40987

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jack Johnson   Primary Artist,Dobro,Guitar,Percussion,Ukulele,Vocals
Ben Harper   Vocals,Weissenborn
Merlo Podlewski   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Vibes
Adam Topol   Percussion,Drums
Zach Gill   Piano,Accordion,Glockenspiel,Vocals,Melodica,Vibes,Wurlitzer

Technical Credits

George McFetridge   Art Direction,Illustrations
Mario Caldato   Producer
Robert Carranza   Engineer
Jack Johnson   Composer
Merlo Podlewski   Composer
Adam Topol   Composer
Zach Gill   Composer
Emmett Malloy   Back Cover Photo
Kim Johnson   Cover Photo

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