Jack Johnson
Brushfire Fairytales


4.0
excellent

Review

by AmericanWeiner USER (2 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 21 replies | 12,769 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


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Jack Johnson- Brushfire Fairytales


Released: 2001 (Universal)

Review:
Musically, Jack Johnson is one of the better guitarists in pop music today. He experiments with different styles throughout the album, taking influences from blues, jazz and folk- coming out with a sound of his own. He demonstrates that he is no simple strummer in the opening track 'Inaudible Melodies,' which opens up with a nice, bluesy lick. Jack's voice isn't the most powerful in vocal history, but it fits the music very well; it has a relaxing quality to it. This cd screams "rainy days at the beach" to me- that's just how it feels, in my opinion.

Songs that stood out to me are 'Sexy Plexi,' 'Flake,' 'Bubble Toes,' and 'The News.' The first of these is seductive and sensual, it's soft and exotic. 'Flake' is the big single off of Brushfire Fairytales, and I'd say it's a good pick. It's probably the catchiest song off of the cd, but it's definatly not annoyingly so. The rhythm of 'Flake' is used in four of Jack's songs off of this album, which I found to be a tad bothersome. 'Bubble Toes' is my favorite song off of Brushfire Fairytales. It's relaxing, and it covers more ground musically than any of the other songs on the cd, it's quick and it's catchy, and you'll probably catch yourself moving to the groove before it's over. Finally, 'The News' is a look at the sad state of world affairs. Jack opens up with "A billion people died on the news tonight/ But not so many cried at the terrible sight/ Well mama said/ It's just make believe/ You can't believe everything you see." The music fits the song- it's slow and gloomy, unlike most of the songs on Brushfire Fairytales.

On a final note, the lyrics of the album are magical in a sense. Jack is a great storyteller and all of the songs on the album fit their respective music wonderfully. His life spent in the water is obvious throughout the cd, as he references beaches and the ocean frequently.

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Overall, the album is awesome. I'm definatly going to keep this in my collection for those trips to the beach with my friends... It all fits together incredibly well, and the only complaint I have is that he tends to revert back to the same rhythm pattern in four or five (maybe more...) songs.

8.5/10


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hybridofsound
August 1st 2004



131 Comments


Nice review, simple but effective.

I liked this album quite alot, i'm a bigger fan of his latest album but there is some nice guitar work here. Flake is my favorite song from the album even if it has been played about 384739 times on radio.

AmericanWeiner
August 1st 2004



6 Comments


[QUOTE=hybridofsound]Nice review, simple but effective.

I liked this album quite alot, i'm a bigger fan of his latest album but there is some nice guitar work here. Flake is my favorite song from the album even if it has been played about 384739 times on radio.[/QUOTE]

Thankee, sir(/mam). This is my first (I think...), so if anyone has any tips for improving on my next, it'd be awesome.

DropkickArmy
August 7th 2004



1 Comments


My favourite songs: Flake, Bubble Toes, Fortunate Fool and F-Stop Blues :D

Against Miik!
August 7th 2004



215 Comments


Yeah great album. Id say his newer one is just as good as this one.

Iai
Emeritus
August 7th 2004



3553 Comments


[QUOTE=AmericanWeiner]Thankee, sir(/mam). This is my first (I think...), so if anyone has any tips for improving on my next, it'd be awesome.[/QUOTE]

My only suggestion would be to either put the standout tracks in bold, or do a seperate review at the end for one individual track. Just thinking of people who'll be downloading stuff to check out. Otherwise, very nice review. :thumb:

RollerQueen
August 7th 2004



209 Comments


Good review but I'd say you rated it a bit high. I like the album but a lot of the strumming patterns sound alike.

Dancin' Man
August 7th 2004



719 Comments


Does the cover art remind anyone else of Anthony Kiedis? This album is great.

blueyxd
August 8th 2004



77 Comments


I'm sure I've heard this CD in a friends car.
Is this line from any of the songs.. "what a terrible thing for you to do, what a terrible thing for you to say"?
If so, then I have heard it, it's good driving music.

AmericanWeiner
August 9th 2004



6 Comments


[QUOTE=blueyxd]I'm sure I've heard this CD in a friends car.
Is this line from any of the songs.. "what a terrible thing for you to do, what a terrible thing for you to say"?
If so, then I have heard it, it's good driving music.[/QUOTE]

I could be wrong, but I can't recall that line from this. It sounds a lot like Chris Isaak- Wicked Game, but he says wicked instead of terrible.

Pao Ferro
August 9th 2004



15 Comments


That line is from 'Middle Man'.

siryan
August 9th 2004



6 Comments


good review, that cd is good.

wheelydude_13
August 21st 2005



6 Comments


this cd is brilliant his music doesnt actually degrade in his newer albums, a rare thing for modern artists

Bad Habit
December 26th 2005



4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

All round great album. The live tracks just top it off. His melodies are so catchy and, dare I say it, uplifting!

FriendofTheDevil70
June 30th 2007



384 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Love his acoustic stuff, but would be interested to hear more clean electric material in the vein of F-Stop Blues. Anyway, this is a cool album.

TMAN2o4
August 20th 2008



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah. His acoustic stuff is his classic and my favorite. If you'd like to hear him with more of that clean electric stuff, try out his newest album, its not my favorite, but he mixes things up a bit and it works. I still love this type of acoustic stuff more.

StickmanSouffle
April 30th 2009



286 Comments


Why the hell has no one mentioned It's all Understood? It's my favourite song I've heard by him :/

darthbarf
May 13th 2009



445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is so good. Has anyone heard the alternate version of Middle Man? I can't find it on any of his compilations or other albums.

Sciroccu
May 9th 2012



746 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

flake is superb.

TREO5
May 9th 2014



1067 Comments


It seems to me that maybe,
pretty much always means no.



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