I just bought Jack Johnson’s new single, “You and Your Heart”, and I wanted to post a few quick thoughts:
- LOVE the upbeat rhythm guitar intro! Jack’s writes some sweet song intros, and this one may just be one of his best.
- Very radio-friendly. Most of his singles are. Deeper cuts are sure to come on the album, which drops on June 1.
- I’m over-generalizing here, but Jack’s music can be roughly classified into three categories: Soundtrack/instrumental (his early stuff- think September Sessions or the Curious George soundtrack); Beach tunes (most everything prior to Sleep Through the Static); and the piano-driven ALO sound. “You and Your Heart” fits squarely in this third category.
TANGENT: The third category merits some explaining- A very distinct change in Jack’s sound occurred when he added long-time pal and vocalist for ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra), Zach Gill, to the band, and heavily incorporated Gill’s school-choral-room piano style into his subsequent work.
The transition is best evidenced in Jack’s 2005 album, In Between Dreams. This album, in my opinion, was the perfect juxtaposition of all three of the categories I mentioned above (and it’s consequently my favorite album).
NESTED TANGENT: While I consider myself something of an early days purist (most of my favorite Jack Johnson tunes come from his early soundtracks), the addition of Gill was a welcomed and natural evolution, which added an amazing dimension to the band’s sound. If you’ve never experienced ALO, I’d strongly recommend checking them out.
But back to the quick thoughts on the newly-released single…
- I dig the dubbed self-harmony effect. I’m sure there’s a more official term for that, but I don’t have time to Google. This is something that has always worked for Jack, and it works great here.
BOTTOM LINE: “You and Your Heart” is a rich, rolling track. If it’s representative of the rest of the album, To the Sea will be a gem.
Listen to the whole track here. It’s available on iTunes now. The album will be released on June 1.
See previous posts about Jack Johnson here.