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Sleep Through The Static – Jack Johnson
Good for relaxing and serenading a girlfriend, but not necessarily anything else.
When it comes down to it there isn’t really anything more relaxing than an earful of Jack Johnson. He hasn’t exactly reinvented himself with his newest album Sleep Through The Static, but some would argue that that’s a good thing. His soulful, sweet melodies and relaxed tempos are perfect for those who just want to “chill.”
Jack Johnson is known for creating music for all music lovers and this album proves that he can still write catchy lyrics with simple guitar licks. This album contains more of the same but with minor changes such as more solo voice and guitar combinations. There is more electric guitar on this album than any previous one. The single “If I Had Eyes” is a sweet and mellow love song and a perfect pick-me-up, but if you were looking for an album that’s going to yield new ground this wouldn’t be your first choice.
Although it is hard to argue against Johnson’s success, the songs on this album are more of the same and don’t break any new ground. The songs are good for relaxing and serenading a girlfriend, but not necessarily anything else.
Best Track: “Go On”
Strictly Leakage – Atmosphere
Do yourself a favor and drop the “I hate hip-hop” attitude.
Many people have an automatic chip on their shoulder when it comes to hip-hop, but they just don’t listen to the right kind. Atmosphere is a group that has been working the underground circuit for many years and has proven that they have what it takes to change the misconception of the genre they dominate. Producer ANT and emcee Slug hook up again to release an album that they call a “present” to their fans. That it is.
Released as a free download, it is worth every penny you didn’t pay. It’s hard not to nod your head to the intoxicating beats and unmatched rap flow of Slug. The use of horns on this record is also unmatched to any I’ve heard. They add to the overall 60’s soulful groove that should drive most music lovers insane. Atmosphere also proves that they don’t need to rap about money or guns or cars and can just spit what’s on their minds.
This is an album where every track is a gem and should not be overlooked by anyone. Do yourself a favor and drop the “I hate hip-hop” attitude and listen to an album that redefines the genre by two of the greatest players in the game.
Best Track: “The Things That Hate Us”
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Run – Gnarls Barkley
The new single released by the multi genre kings shows that they still have what it takes to stay on top.