From its humble beginnings, Brushfire Fairytale launched the meteoric career of singer/songwriter Jack Johnson. It has sold over two million albums in the U.S., and continues to be one of the best sellers in his catalog. Now, the album returns home to Everloving, the label that started it all, and has been remastered with Bernie Grundman Mastering.
"Slow down everyone, you're moving too fast," is the line in the first song of singer-songwriter Jack Johnson's debut that sets the tone for the entire album.
The style of "Brushfire Fairytales" is a direct result of Johnson's upbringing in Hawaii and his favorite pastime: surfing. Mellow, smooth, and soulful, Johnson's vocals cling tight to the blues and complement the grooving bass. The steel drums take the hint that they don't play a huge role, as Johnson's voice pretty much supplies the best part of the record.
Laced with hints of reggae and always low-key, Johnson's debut can come to relief of anyone in stressful times, which would be a good catharsis for any of us.
Johnson's repertoire doesn't just end with the blue-rock formula. 'Flake' (With Ben Harper on Slide Guitar) has great crossover potential with its cool summer vibe. 'Fortunate Fool' sounds like a long lost doo wop hit while the final track, 'It's all Understood' shows that Jack is just as handy with the piano as he is with the guitar.
"Johnson's albums exist at the mythical intersection of dad rock, Don Ho, and the acoustic solo discs Eddie Vedder will one day make when he's angst-ed out and retired to Maui." - Washington Post
Remastered by Bernie Grundman
Remastered from original analog tapes
Mastered through a tube system straight to lacquers
Designated as AAA for audiophiles
Jack Johnson, vocals, guitar & piano
Adam Tool, drums & percussion
Ben Harper, slide guitar (Side A: 5)
1. Inaudible Melodies
2. Middle Man
4. Sexy Plexi
6. Bubble Toes
7. Fortunate Fool
1. The News
2. Drink the Water
3. Mudfootball (For Moe Lerner)
4. F-Stop Blues
5. Losing Hope
6. It's All Understood