Jack Johnson, ‘My Mind is For Sale’ | Track Review
Singer/Songwriter Jack Johnson comes back strong on “My Mind is For Sale,” the politically-charged promo single from All the Light Above It Too.
Jack Johnson is one chill bro. For a while, personally, he was too chill. Nonetheless, he’s consistent, and, he has a fantastic, cool voice. On single “My Mind is For Sale,” he offers more than another beach-driven record. Mr. Johnson packs a punch – contextually speaking.
The pros are ample on “My Mind is For Sale.” First and foremost are the chill vibes. Johnson never seems to get bothered with the stresses of life. Once again, he’s even keel here. Or is he? Johnson tackles politics, but he doesn’t exhibit a particularly angry tone. Arguably, if you weren’t listening closely to his words or analyzing the lyrics, you might miss what he’s getting at. From the start, he paints a picture of every progressive musician’s enemy – President Donald Trump.
“Well, I heard the blinker’s on / I heard we’re changing lanes / I heard he likes to race / I heard that six or seven words he likes to use / Are always in bad taste… / The cameras zoom into / His mouth begins to move / Those hateful words he uses.”
Wow, Jack, didn’t know you had it in you! Johnson continues to be fiery, yet cool on the chorus.
“I don’t care for your paranoid / Us against them fearful kind of walls / I don’t care for your careless / Me first gimme, gimmie appetite at all.”
Throughout the rest of the song, Johnson continues to characterize Trump as well as the fallout from his presidency. The chorus is varied with each iteration, with the final version being the lengthiest and most detailed.
Ultimately, Jack Johnson has one of the most chill, thrilling tracks he’s ever recorded on his hands. It’s amazing that he maintains his sensibilities, but is also able to write a song that relevant to the times. All the Light Above It Too definitely gets a boost thanks to “My Mind is For Sale.”