Laidback folk rocker Jack Johnson has been accused of writing the same song over and over again. If nothing else, En Concert, the Hawaiian singerâ€™s live record, goes to show just how diverse he can be. Recorded on his 2008 world tour En Concert is everything a live record should be: expansive (the songs cover all five of his albums) and creative (the arrangements are far from predictable).
Johnson also brings in some strong guests like Eddie Vedder on â€œConstellationsâ€ and Paula Fuga on â€œCountry Roadâ€. There is even an infectious cover of Paul Simonâ€™s â€œMother and Child Reunionâ€. He does a great job of marrying crowd favorites with rework versions of album deep cuts. Not as great as being there but a pretty decent substitute.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Top track: â€œConstellations,â€ â€œFlakeâ€ and â€œTimes Like Theseâ€
Jack Johnson â€“ En Concert/CD /18 tracks/2009/Brushfire