I know it’s easy to hate on Jack Johnson’s surfer, easy-going vibe. His music isn’t particularly challenging, which always seems to be a requisite for music critics. But I’ve always found it to be oddly enjoyable background music, the kind you can throw on in the car on the way to the beach, windows down, it’s just listenable, groovable music. It’s got a certain vibe and at the right moment that kind of music can hit you emotionally in the way that not a lot of “challenging” music does.
Sleep Through the Static comes out Feb. 5 on Brushfire Records.