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Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson grew up surfing off the beaches of Oahu, finding his singing voice while scoring the 16mm surf film "Thicker Than Water", his voice is exactly what I'd wish to have with me if I was in Hawaii, and despite the fact we live in England, this voice is so encapsulating that, at times like these when spring is just around the corner, all you can do is sit back, listen and enjoy.

The single "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing" is classic Jack Johnson. Acoustic and pretty, it has a steady rhythm and all I want to do is lay back and enjoy this song. I can almost feel the sun on my face, it's wonderful, keep this song around, you'll want it on your summer play list.

However, the next song on the single isn't as strong. "Free" features the Donavan Frankenreiter Band, it's a bit too repetitive, it has elements of percussion, but thatís what takes away from the wonderfully arranged guitar work.

"Give It To You" with G Love, a fellow surfer, Garret Dutton, who also recorded Jack Johnson's "Rodeo Clowns" is good. It reminds me of the Bradley Nowell Acoustic CD, it is reggae influenced folk. You can imagine these two putting this together on the beach right after hitting the waves together. It's catchy and upbeat, chilled out and laid back, and actually a tad different to the regular acoustic Jack Johnson, this type of collaboration in his case, is always a good thing.

Jack Johnson isn't the most progessive of artists, but if you liked his previous offerings, you won't turn your back on this. So grab an ice cold drink and join me in getting lost in the wonderful acoustic guitar in "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing", its definitely a CD worth buying.