In Between Dreams (Bonus Track Version)
Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson writes songs that just feel good, sticking to an equation that combines his warm, relaxed voice with an acoustic guitar. That cozy formula made him a favorite among American college crowds, so it's not surprise that Johnson sticks with what he does best for this third album. Producer Mario Caldato, Jr. is back again, touching up Johnson's summery backdrop for another playful set of songs. The genre-bending charm and sweetness that fueled Brushfire Fairytales and On and On hasn't changed that much, but does it really have to? Tender moments such as "If I Could" and "No Other Way" showcase a more reserved side on In Between Dreams. Other highlights include the lullaby-like "Breakdown" and the bossa nova rhythms of "Do You Remember." Whether he's singing about being in love or reflecting on its hardships, Johnson's laid-back approach is his biggest strength. A bit brighter and more upbeat, but his song remains the same.