Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Christopher | Cedar Falls, IA United States | 12/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first review of this album is the accurate one, for any of you TRUE Jack Johnson fans out there. This album, which Amazon doesn't clarify, is a collaboration with Mos Def and Black Jack Johnson. Not surfer, songwriter Jack. The A-hole that wrote the previous review for this was just trying to throw some folks off. Brushfire Fairytales is the only debut album from the man. So if your lookin for some some REAL J.J., you're barkin' up the wrong tree."
This isn't Surfer Jack Johnson
S. Kline | Sunny Florida | 11/17/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a god album but this is not surfer/filmaker/songwriter Jack Johnson. If anyone would like to dispute this please just visit Jack Johnson's home page and you wil see a list of his albums and "Round One" is NOT one of them"
Not Jack the man but Jack the band
J. Goodwin | 09/02/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Round One is the debut release for the Murfreesboro, Tennessee quartet Jack Johnson in 1995. Led by singer/lyricist Kurtis McFarland, who handled production chores with Rob Feaster, Round One is an album of great depth, both musically and lyrically. The band has the social insights of Fishbone packaged in an engaging brew of rock, pop, R&B, jazz, and hip-hop. Although it can be compared to Lenny Kravitz, much of Round One owes debt to the sonic assault of Soundgarden as well. McFarland has a husky, warm voice that ranges from a growl on "Hit," which features some skull-rattling percussion from Simone White, to soulful on a well done, hip-hop inflected cover of Bill Withers' "Sunshine," to an enraged wail on the propulsive "Scream In Time." Jack Johnson also manages a pair of gorgeous, slower numbers. "Do It For Love" is a mid-tempo song of yearning with an immediately catchy chorus and the closing "Free" features a heartbreakingly vulnerable vocal by McFarland over a sparse instrumental bed. An impressive, thought-provoking, literate and totally engaging debut. ~ Tom Demalon, All Music Guide"