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Jack Johnson, ‘From Here to Now to You’

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Pop’s patron saint of chill stays true to his ingratiating, unadorned acoustic music on his sixth record. Johnson doesn’t seem to be interested in stretching his sound or challenging his loyal audience with these 10 short songs. He continues to deliver enough melodic flair and musical savvy to support his earnest reflections on life’s little epiphanies. Songs like “I Got You,” with its simplistic sentiments (“I got you/ I got everything/ I got you/ I don’t need nothing”), or “Never Fade” shouldn’t work, yet Johnson’s charm somehow makes them go down smoothly.

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