If I Had Eyes
Label: Jack Johnson
With scarcely more than campfire chords and an enigmatically chillaxed persona, Jack Johnson has thrived, issuing the same lovely and lazy ethos again and again. Sleep Through the Static is notable for its sonic and thematic departures: bigger textures, full-time keys and electric guitar accompany a slightly more somber worldview that seems to, at least occasionally, contemplate life beyond his well-loved shores. Tunes like "They Do, They Don't," "Sleep Through The Static" and "All At Once" are tranquil protest songs, but the gentlest moments, like "Same Girl" or "Go On," might still be his most poignant.