Fall Music Preview 2013: The 26 Albums You Need to Hear

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Jack Johnson, 'From Here To Now To You' (9/17)
Emmett Malloy21/27

Jack Johnson, 'From Here To Now To You' (9/17)

Jack Johnson doesn't mind his rep as rock's chillest bro. "My thing is so un-edgy I think it was kind of threatening to critics at first," he says. "But I didn't kill rock." His sixth LP, cut near his home in Hawaii with longtime producer (and Beastie Boys pal) Mario Caldato Jr., features sweet acoustic tunes that touch on emotional themes from fatherhood (the campfire-ready "Radiate") to marriage (the flamenco­flavored "Never Fade"), plus the biting environmentalist broadside "Ones and Zeroes." "I'm trying to make something along the lines of, like, Gregory Isaacs," adds Johnson. "Something really smooth."

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