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Album Review

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Pro-social Content

Despite being treated as the "Enemy," a guy shows empathy toward the one he's in conflict with, noting, "I put hatred in a box and I locked it." Johnson sings his wife's praises ("Angel"), reconciles with her after a spat ("Same Girl") and contemplates the value of a deep relationship as he gazes out an airplane window ("Go On"). Love is the answer to life's trials on the reassuring "All at Once" ("There's still hope between the dreams/The weight of it all could blow away with a breeze"). The artist reminds listeners that emotional ups and downs are normal and cyclical, and that hard times have a way of making us stronger if we don't lose heart ("Hope," "Losing Keys"). The title track lobbies for peace between nations. However ...

Objectionable Content

Ignoring any positive outcomes from the war in Iraq, "Sleep Through the Static" preaches an overly simplistic pacifism ("Who needs please when we've got guns? ... We went beyond where we should have gone"). "What You Thought You Need" finds a couple searching for "the cheapest bottle of wine."

Summary Advisory

Once again, Johnson's sleepy acoustic poetry avoids any major problems. But Static isn't just harmless white noise. It's a pleasing stream of consciousness that places a premium on love, hope and reconciliation.

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PopFolk

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Performance

No. 1 album has sold more than a million copies

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Universal

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Reviewer

Bob Waliszewski Bob Smithouser

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