By Milto Ungashe, Courier Staff Writer
Hawaii native Jack Johnson’s most recent studio album To the Sea sounds like a tribute to the easygoing island lifestyle he left behind. The mellow, breezy and beachy feel of his music is complementary to his use of instruments like the ukulele and tambourine, giving the album a very summery feel.
Fans of Jack Johnson always know what to expect: some calm and comforting music that makes listeners want to relax. He always delivers and this album is no exception.
From the short but sweet “When I Look Up” to “My Little Girl” with its beautiful guitar interlude, Johnson never fails to create music that inspires. His usage of the harmonica and maracas on songs like “Red Wine, Mistakes, Mythology" contributes greatly to the easygoing feel.
Johnson is also very skilled lyrically. His music is pleasant but one can also easily relate to it. Songs like “Turn Your Love” relate to the theme of love and regret, one many people can identify with.
Though To the Sea is very reminiscent of summer days, it is a must-listen album any time of the year.