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In Between Dreams

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Jack Johnson 31//2005

Review

Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson writes songs that just feel good, sticking to an equation that combines his warm, relaxed voice with an acoustic guitar. That cozy formula made him a favorite among American college crowds, so it's 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 fueled Brushfire Fairytales and On and On hasn't changed that much, but does it really have to? Johnson, alongside drummer Adam Topol and bassist Merlo Podlewski, makes safe records. While there isn't anything wrong with that, taking a few more risks sonically and lyrically wouldn't work against him. Tender moments such as "If 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 its hardships, Johnson's laid-back approach is his biggest strength. In Between Dreams is a bit brighter and more upbeat, but his song remains the same. ~ MacKenzie Wilson
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Better Together Jack Johnson 3:27
  3. 2 Never Know Jack Johnson 3:33
  4. 3 Banana Pancakes Jack Johnson 3:12
  5. 4 Good People Jack Johnson 3:27
  6. 5 No Other Way Jack Johnson 3:9
  7. 6 Sitting, Waiting, Wishing Jack Johnson 3:2
  8. 7 Staple It Together Jack Johnson 3:15
  9. 8 Situations Jack Johnson 1:16
  10. 9 Crying Shame Jack Johnson 3:4
  11. 10 If I Could Jack Johnson 2:24
  12. 11 Breakdown Jack Johnson 3:32
  13. 12 Belle Jack Johnson 1:43
  14. 13 Do You Remember Jack Johnson 2:23
  15. 14 Constellations Jack Johnson 3:19

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