Between the devastation wreaked by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and what sometimes feels like the impending collapse of American democracy, Jack Johnson’s unfailingly mellow vibe may be tonic for your frazzled nerves.

Unless you’re the kind of person who’d rather listen to, say, The Clash or Motorhead than James Taylor or Jimmy Buffett in times of crisis (i.e. you’d rather go down swinging than bury your head in the sand). In which case, Johnson may seem like part of the problem, not the solution.

How you respond to Johnson’s new album All the Light Above It Too will depend largely on which camp you’re part of. But the fascinating thing is that Johnson himself seems split between the two. He’d like to just mellow out, but his conscience and his sense of injustice won’t let him.

On “Sunsets for Somebody Else,” he cops to feeling downright depressed at times: [LISTEN]

What’s eating Jack Johnson, you ask? For one thing, there’s our orange cheeto commander in chief. The track “My Mind Is For Sale” makes clear that Johnson’s not a fan: [LISTEN]

Johnson does his best to go with the flow like a good surfer. Songs like “You Can’t Control It” and “Daybreaks” stress the impermanence of all things, including our troubles. On “Love Song #16,” he celebrates the good things in his life — namely, his wife Kim and their children: [LISTEN]

But in the end, Johnson’s fears won’t leave him be. All the Light’s closing track, “Fragments,” hinges on this lament: [LISTEN]

At this moment in our history, plenty of listeners will probably share this sentiment. For some, Johnson’s laid-back croon, nimble acoustic guitar and soothing tunes should help assuage their discontent.

Otherwise, for those who crave a little more defiance or catharsis may be better served by Broken Social Scene’s Hug of Thunder or Downtown BoysCost of Living.