Glow is a problematic album. On its predecessor, 2008's Pass It Around, Frankenreiter proved he wasn't the Jack Johnson clone many had made him out to be. That record possessed a savvy understanding of 1970s California pop, from The Doobies to Steely Dan to Dennis Wilson. But on this one, the mustached surfer and singer-songwriter sounds as if his talent has taken a step back. The bulk of the album consists of mid-tempo beach pop that is once again highly reminiscent of Johnson. Not surprisingly, the two best tracks, "Home" and "Hold On," boast the same savvy retro vibe as Pass It Around.