12 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

"Make It Mine" introduces the album with blue-eyed, soul-touched pop that sounds like Mraz has been blasting Off The Wall while en route to the beach. The playfully perverted "Butterfly" floats with a lofty horn section and a Hall & Oates inspired strut as Mraz gets his seductive lyrics on before somehow pulling off a gutsy scat-singing solo that would make Jamiroquai's Jay Kay blush. Mraz picks up his almost forgotten acoustic guitar on the mellow "Live High" which sounds a bit like Josh Rouse with a groove. The rootsy and cutesy "I'm Yours" is an obvious choice for first single with it's reggae rhythms, doo-wop harmonies, electric jazz piano, and lyrics endearing enough to theme a high school prom, and then there's the all too perfect waltzing "Beautiful Mess" which could have been written for the sole purpose of slow dancing in a rented tux.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

"Make It Mine" introduces the album with blue-eyed, soul-touched pop that sounds like Mraz has been blasting Off The Wall while en route to the beach. The playfully perverted "Butterfly" floats with a lofty horn section and a Hall & Oates inspired strut as Mraz gets his seductive lyrics on before somehow pulling off a gutsy scat-singing solo that would make Jamiroquai's Jay Kay blush. Mraz picks up his almost forgotten acoustic guitar on the mellow "Live High" which sounds a bit like Josh Rouse with a groove. The rootsy and cutesy "I'm Yours" is an obvious choice for first single with it's reggae rhythms, doo-wop harmonies, electric jazz piano, and lyrics endearing enough to theme a high school prom, and then there's the all too perfect waltzing "Beautiful Mess" which could have been written for the sole purpose of slow dancing in a rented tux.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5

2.9K Ratings
2.9K Ratings

As always, aMrazing

thargis

Jason takes his infectious positivity to a new level. He consistantly puts forth amazing music and is one of the best arists in the business. What is even better is the addition of his acoustic renditions of most of his songs in the form or "We Sing - EP", We Dance - EP", and We Steal Things - EP". Mraz has reached a new plateau and made this album so amazing that it will be kept on repeat for the quite a while on my iPod. Personal Favorites include: Dynamo, If It Kills Me, Love for a Child, Coyotes, Make it Mine, Beautiful Mess, Details in the Fabric (Formerly Sewing Machine), and Lucky. I'm Yours has been a personal favorite of mine since way back in 2004 when he posted it on mrazmerized dot com.

For anyone who is not familiar with Jason's work, check out the "Live at Java Joes" album here on iTunes. It is still my favorite CD from him or any artist for the last 5 years.

Also, there are not alot of artists now-a-days that are as good live. Mraz is BETTER live (if you can believe it). You will never regret a Jason Mraz concert!

Happy listening!

Better then Mr. A-Z!

Timothy Hocum

Jason Mraz is back and better then ever. This is his first studio album is almost 3 years. This album has a bunch of funky, fresh new tracks. Fans of his will be happy that Jason has gotten back to his roots that made him popular. It is great to hear a new album from the wonderful Jason Mraz. Lets just hope that his next album won't take nearly as long to make so he can keep impressing us with his wonderful talent.

Some of my favorites in the album include:
Make It Mine
Lucky
Butterfly
Coyotes
A Beautiful Mess

Another Great Album!!!!!

Sephoj

Simply put Mr. A-Z has done it again. He has taken his wordplay to a new level with this mix of thoughtful and soulful lyrics. This album is a must for Mraz fans.

About Jason Mraz

California-based singer/songwriter Jason Mraz makes laid-back, melodic pop with stylistic nods toward folk, jam band music, hip-hop, and soft rock. Since coming to the public's attention with his 2002 hit single "The Remedy (Don't Worry)", Mraz has proven himself to be a reliable pop craftsman whose crowd-pleasing melodies can encompass both cheeky humor and earnest sincerity.

Born in Mechanicsville, Virginia, in 1977, Mraz grew up amidst the sounds of the Dave Matthews Band and local roots musicians the Agents of Good Roots. However, it was Mraz's interest and participation in musical theater that served as his first introduction to music. Following high school, he moved to New York to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, but dropped out a year later when he took up the guitar and began to focus on songwriting. Nonetheless, Mraz's training as a vocalist would later show itself on his debut album, which was marked by the pure clarity of his tenor range.

After busking around New York, Mraz eventually returned to Virginia; in 1999, however, he made his way out West and settled in San Diego, California, having been drawn to the city's coffeehouse scene and its historical support of singer/songwriters, most notably Jewel. Mraz began playing shows and soon landed a weekly residency at the local hot spot Java Joe's, which had previously played host to Jewel during the early stages of her career. He also formed a duo with drummer Noel "Toca" Rivera, who accompanied Mraz's acoustic material by playing the djembe. Together, the musicians honed a live show that featured as much comedic banter as actual music.

Over the next two years, Mraz's following expanded outside of the San Diego limits and began to encompass Los Angeles, garnering the attention of record labels. Mraz signed to Elektra Records in early 2002 and returned to Virginia to write and record his debut album, a project that saw him working with producer John Alagía (the Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer) and his high-school heroes, the Agents of Good Roots, who became his backing band. The resulting effort, Waiting for My Rocket to Come, was released that same November, blending Mraz's early influences with elements of country, roots rock, and coffeehouse folk. The buoyant first single, "Remedy (I Won't Worry)," which Mraz had co-written with pop hitmakers the Matrix, proved to be a big hit, and Mraz headed out on the road to support it. One of those shows, an October 2003 date at the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, was later documented on Mraz's summer 2004 live release, Tonight, Not Again.

The album tided his fans over until July 2005, when the songwriter returned with the sophomore studio effort Mr. A-Z. Mraz's popularity reached a new high in 2008 with the release of We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things, which peaked at number three and spawned his first chart-topping single, "I'm Yours." The concert album Jason Mraz's Beautiful Mess: Live on Earth arrived in 2009, followed by his fourth studio album, Love Is a Four Letter Word, in 2012. In the summer of 2014, Mraz returned with Yes!, which featured backing from the all-female L.A. folk-rock outfit Raining Jane; it was preceded by the single "Love Someone."

The following year, Mraz appeared on Sara Bareilles' album What's Inside: Songs from Waitress, singing the songs "Bad Idea" and "You Matter to Me" from her musical Waitress. He then made his Broadway debut in 2017, taking over the role of Dr. Pomatter in Waitress for a ten-week run. ~ Christina Saraceno

HOMETOWN
Mechanicsville, VA
GENRE
Pop
BORN
June 23, 1977

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