Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Jack's new album came out today. My wonderful wife went to get it before I met her on our lunch break so I could start enjoying it as soon as possible.

Before you ask: Yes, its sounds very similar to his last three solo albums; yes, its amazing.

Thus far, my favorite song is the title track "Sleep Through the Static." The lyrics are a carefully written word play. Parts of it are like Wheel of Fortune's "Before and After" type puzzles where the last word of one line is also the first word of the next line. Its written in the form of stream of consciousness. The second verse is as follows:

"Shock an awful thing to make somebody think
That they have to choose pushing for peace supporting the troops
And either you're weak or you'll use brut force-feed the truth
The truth is we say not as we do
We say anytime, just show your teeth and strike the fear
Of god wears camouflage, cries at night, and drives a dodge
Pick up the beat and stop hogging the feast
That's no way to treat an enemy."

Read it a few times to let it sink in. Wow.

So, long story short: Jack Johnson's new album comes highly recommended by me.