ALBUM REVIEW : Yes
Artist : Jason Mraz
Genre : Pop
Date Released : 2014
The album starts with a hum like instrumentation and chant like vocals that might have convinced you that Jason Mraz has shifted genre from pop to new age. Fortunately, it was just an introduction. Then he sung in the second song that “love is a funny thing.” Armed with a folk guitar in the first stanza and proceed with country like vibe like what he had in his previous records, “Love Someone” might be another “I’m Yours” for him. Luckily, he tried to deviate from that song.
“Hello, You Beautiful Thing” is a nice song which you can hear in a neighbourhood street corner sung by a love struck teenager. You know the kind of feeling that meeting a beautiful girl makes your whole day. It is quite rare nowadays listening to a song like this. The guitar plucking in “Long Drive” can be likened to any frustration song from REM; if only he opted not to make this another getaway song. “Everywhere” is definitely more than nice song; it is the kind of song that will encourage you to be very positive always; an added bonus is the beats that can make your hips swing with the rhythm of the song.
There have been millions of songs about friendship and Jason Mraz added another song in this context. The good thing about the lyrics of “Best Friend” is that it is not too mushy and you will not be provoked to tears when he thanked the friend in the song. Instead of counting one, two, three, he begun “Quiet” counting using the words “I want, I want, to hold you.” In terms of melody, “Back To Earth is the closest thing to “I’m Yours.” He really can’t help it. “Out of Control” has clichéd lyrics, you know that kind of guy thing having no idea what made the girl ran away from him and the guy insists that he is what she needed to keep from running away.
I find “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday” very Boyz II Men in treatment. The song title is quite catchy like a name of a would be classic romantic novel even part of the lyrics is quite romantic “And I’ll take with me the memories to be my sunshine after the rain.” The song 3 Things remind of the song from the movie Enchanted; “That’s How You Know.”
If you just want easy listening music with some songs pricking your heart, encourage you to remember past happy moments with your life, and some getaway songs (there are two in here actually), this record is for you. As a whole I give this record 3.5 stars out of 5 star.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it