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.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

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.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
2.9K Ratings
2.9K Ratings
Sam_burger ,

WSWDWST- Track by Track Review

Okay, so this may be my favorite album that has come out this year (so far), and I can't imagine anything being better! Overdramatic? Not really.

Make it Mine- This is such a great song! Innovative and completely original. Different from his previous works, but (in my opinion) better. 9.5/10

I'm Yours- At first I was in love with the live version, then I heard the studio recording and thought"wow, this is just as good!" Amazing scatting, and a fun beat. 9/10

Lucky- I am so glad that Colbie is not as cheesy this album as she is on her own. She fits the song perfectly (hervoice, not her specifically), and their voices meld very well together. 9/10

Butterfly- It's funny that the itunes review says it is "playfully perverted" because that is exactly what it is. Funny, charming, yet at the same time, kinda creepy. 8.5/10

Live High- Least favorite on the album, mainly because the live version sounds so similar, as opposed to others that sound new and fresh even if you've heard the other versions 50 times. 7.5/10

Love for a Child- At first I did not like this song, but like a boil, it grows on you. Very early Jason vibeish. Slow, infectious, and sad. 8.5/10

Details in the Fabric- My personal favorite. James Morrison and Mraz sound SO good together. It sounds as cohesive as an actual group. Do I hear the next Simon and Garfunkel? 10/10

Coyotes- So much fun! If there is one song that should become a hit, it is this one. The chourus is amazing (aMRAZing that is) and the end (where he talks to the kid) is SO precious. 9.5/10

Only Human- Another fun one. Not many songs see the jealous side of Jason, but this one captures the emotion perfectly! His voce sounds great on this one too. 9.5/10

The Dynamo of Voilition- Very Mr. A-Zish. Not great, but really, did anyone expect him to do a CD without one of these? The live version is better BTW. 8/10

If it Kills Me- A great love song. Slow, yet peppy (hard to explain). This one also sounds better live (he sounds more passionate in that one). 8.5/10

A Beautiful Mess- Okay, this song is a tie with Details for my favorite. So sad, yet so full of hope. *Sigh* Oh, and this is his best vocal preformance on the entire CD. 10/10

In short: BUY THE WHOLE ALBUM!!!

mike9999 ,

We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things

We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things, Jason Mraz’s third studio album, easily entertains with its smooth, breezy melodies and clever, insightful lyrics. The upbeat jams (“Make It Mine”, “Butterfly”, “Coyotes”, “The Dynamo of Volition”) are filled with big sing-a-long choruses and passionate lyrics that delightfully dip into a diverse range of genres, ranging from jazz to techno. “Coyotes” is a triumphant blend of hip-hop, pop, folk, and even opera. “Coyotes” is a song only Jason Mraz could successfully pull off—and he so does magnificently. The duet “Lucky” features a guest appearance from Colby Caillat, the distinguished singer who crafted the surprise hit “Bubbly.” The genuine beauty of We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things comes with the breathtaking autobiographical tale about his parents' breakup, “Love For a Child” where Mraz sings “…It’s probably because when you’re young / It's okay to be easily ignored / I'd love to believe it's all about love for a child.” It is absolutely remarkable to listen to Mraz skillfully reminiscence about his past struggle. The album ends with the brilliant track, “A Beautiful Mess.” It is a perfect ending to a nearly flawless album.

Download: Lucky (feat. Colby Caillat), I’m Yours, Butterfly, Live High, Love for a Child, Details in the Fabric (feat. James Morrison), Coyotes, If It Kills Me, A Beautiful Mess—yes, the album is this good; you might as well buy the entire album.

4.5/5 stars

dutch002 ,

GREAT ALBUM!

Finally after all those EP's teased his music, the final result is astounding. The songs acoustically were great, but now this adds full band instruments that bring out a different texture to all the songs. A must buy for any music lover, finally some quality music is put out compared to the cookie cutter stuff that I have heard lately.

1. Make it Mine-9/10
2.I'm Yours-9/10
3.Lucky-8/10
4.Butterfly-9/10
5. Live High-9/10
6.Love For A Child-7/10
7.Details In The Fabric-7/10
8.Coyotes-6/10
9.Only Human-7/10
10.The Dynamo of Volition-9/10
11. If It Kills Me-8/10
12. A Beautiful Mess-8/10

The Best Album put out by Mraz thus far!
Awesome Buy!

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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