Hilary Walsh
May 26, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Here’s another set of strummy beachside ballads from the most successful surf bum in history. Like 2008’s Sleep Through the Static, To the Sea has some introspective moments. (”Pictures of People Taking Pictures”? Deep, dude.) Mostly, though, Jack Johnson stays in the shallow end. ”Aw, baby, those are such great shoes,” he sings on ”At or With Me.” Wait, what does he know about shoes? B

Download These:
Melodica-equipped No Good With Faces at amazon.com
From the Clouds, a funky rocksteady jam at amazon.com

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