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Brushfire Fairytales

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Jack Johnson 10/14/2002

Review

Jack Johnson, the multi-talented American guy who likes to surf and play music, makes an honest impression on his debut album, Brushfire Fairytales. He's not focused on any genre in particular, but stays close to acoustic simplicities. Ben Harper's producer, J.P. Plunier, lends a hand and perfects Johnson's basic songwriting into a charming and inviting soundscape of songs most personal to Johnson. It's poetically abrasive, especially on tracks like "Sexy Plexi" and "Fortunate Fool," but Jack Johnson is a regular guy and his most natural feelings are indeed candid. "Inaudible Melodies" is a bluesy mix of lazy harmonies and acoustical twitching, whereas "Flake" is an easy flow of American trad rock, quite similar to Dave Matthews, but echoing steel drums and Harper's blistering lap steel guitar make for an outstanding rock & roll romp. Johnson's voice, which is hauntingly like Wes Cunningham, makes Brushfire Fairytales a decent record. He's not noisy or gregarious. He's content with his new creative finding. He might chase waves in his other life, but his songwriting ways do make for something quite charming. ~ MacKenzie Wilson
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Inaudible Melodies Jack Johnson 3:35
  3. 2 Middle Man Jack Johnson 3:13
  4. 3 Posters Jack Johnson 3:17
  5. 4 Sexy Plexi Jack Johnson 2:7
  6. 5 Flake Jack Johnson 4:40
  7. 6 Bubble Toes Jack Johnson 3:56
  8. 7 Fortunate Fool Jack Johnson 3:46
  9. 8 The News [Live Classics] Jack Johnson 2:25
  10. 9 Drink the Water Jack Johnson 3:20
  11. 10 Mudfootball (For Moe Lerner) Jack Johnson 3:25
  12. 11 F-Stop Blues Jack Johnson 3:11
  13. 12 Losing Hope Jack Johnson 3:56
  14. 13 It's All Understood Jack Johnson 5:24
  15. 14 Flake [Live] Jack Johnson 4:27
  16. 15 Inaudible Melodies [Live] Jack Johnson 3:26

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