Sleeping Through The Static

I got to Jack Johnson's stage just in time to hear the least-funky Sly Stone interpolation in pop history. Lucky me.

Johnson is the new king of soft rock, specializing in slight, breezy songs that have about as much edge as the beach ball that just landed at my feet.

It's the very definition of anodyne - perfectly pleasant stuff that apparently sounds great to fans of perfectly pleasant music, as Johnson's last two albums went No. 1 on the big Billboard chart.

To me, though, his mellow vocals, wiki-wiki guitar lines and laid-back island-inspired grooves just sound soporific.

I left Underworld for this? I'm going back to the Dance Tent.

-- J. Freedom du Lac

By David Malitz |  August 9, 2008; 9:14 PM ET Virgin Festival
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It was a good thing that concert had two stages! I like Jack Johnson.

He has a soft-pop sound that's nice.

The sounds was good, the lighting much better than anybody else's. He's not the Foo Fighters -

Posted by: RoseG | August 10, 2008 8:09 AM

He's not the Foo Fighters indeed... I'm no particular FF fan, have seen them on tv but couldn't name one of their songs... they do, however, keep me from falling asleep & as many times as I've seen or heard Jack Johnson, I can't see him as anything other than an aural Quaalude ... modern elevator music. Not that there's anything wrong with that for those who like that sort of thing, lol ... even Montovani can sound OK for a minute or 2.

Posted by: fendertweed | August 10, 2008 12:56 PM

He's not the Foo Fighters indeed... I'm no particular FF fan, have seen them on tv but couldn't name one of their songs... they do, however, keep me from falling asleep & as many times as I've seen or heard Jack Johnson, I can't see him as anything other than an aural Quaalude ... modern elevator music. Not that there's anything wrong with that for those who like that sort of thing, lol ... even Montovani can sound OK for a minute or 2.

Posted by: fendertweed | August 10, 2008 12:57 PM

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