Various Artists

A Guitar Tribute to Jack Johnson

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A Guitar Tribute to Jack Johnson gets it kinda wrong, tossing overboard the original's easygoing strum in favor of processed cheeze. Whether it's Brushfire Fairytales or the more introspective On and On, Johnson's charm is in his spare touch. Just a dry acoustic guitar and some light percussion, a little backing vocal here, or subtle keys there. Guitar Tribute is immediately in trouble 'cause it's an instrumental album. But clogging cuts like "Gone," "Flake," and "Holes to Heaven" with push-button drums and by the numbers basslines -- not to mention a rack of novelty guitar tones -- just seems a bit needless.

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