Thursday, November 13, 2008

Jack Johnson - If I Had Eyes (7", Island)

"If I Had Eyes" is the first single to be taken from Jack Johnsons latest album, Sleep Through The Static. On the whole, the album and this track are a dissapointment. Jack Johnson gives us the same laid-back songs, sung so easily they maneuver straight into the background. True, he's gone electric on this track, but he strums his guitar like it's acoustic, so that doesn't really count as change. The self-conscious "oohs" dont help either.

However, the gem on this single is the B-side, "Let It Be Sung". The track was originally on the soundtrack to the film A Brokedown Melody (unfortunately that's not yet been released on vinyl). The track features friend & fellow musician Matt Costa.

The track is a totally endearing blend of acoustic guitar riffs that are perfectly accompanied by Johnson’s soft, shimmering vocal delivery and the nice layering from Costa. It's the perfect track to kick back with and wait for the next Jack Johnson album.

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