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    Jack Johnson:

    In Between Dreams

    Tue, 01 Mar 2005 13:56:26

    Album Reviews: In Between Dreams by Jack Johnson

    Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson writes songs that just feel good. The simple equation of him and an acoustic guitar is warm and relaxed, a cozy formula that's made him a favorite among American college crowds. It should be to 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 made Brushfire Fairytales and On and On so nice doesn't change that much, but does it really have to change? Johnson, alongside drummer Adam Topol and bassist Mario Podlewski, has never pretended to be anyone else other than a decent guy who enjoys writing and performing good-natured songs. In Between Dreams is just a bit brighter and more upbeat. Becoming a father in 2004 might also have something to do with that. Tender moments such as "If I Only 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 the hardships of love, Johnson's laid back approach is his biggest strength. People cling to that nice guy thing. - MacKenzie Wilson, All Music Guide

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