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Mr. A-Z - Jason Mraz
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Mr. A-Z - Jason Mraz
Advantages: Two amazing opening songs
Disadvantages: A few lesser tracks
I bought this album after posting my review on Jason Mraz's most recent album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things and a member of the community said in my comments to make sure that I get Mr. A-Z. Well I didn't need telling twice and logged on to my amazon account and bought this album as well as Waiting For My Rocket to Come.
*About Jason Mraz*
Before buying We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things, I had never heard of him before. Jason Mraz is an American singer-songwriter who was born in Virgina. His musical influences include pop, folk, rock, reggae, jazz and hip hop. Pretty much a little bit of everything.
*About Mr. A-Z*
Mr A-Z is an album has a number of different genres rolled into one album. It was released on the 26th July, 2005 and is the third album by Jason Mraz.
1) Life is Wonderful (4 minutes 20 seconds) -
This is a beautiful song to sit and chill out to as I quite frequently do. Any time I feel a little tense and need to relax, this is the song that I put on to play as it has a soothing and mellow sound to it. I love the way that the song starts slowly and builds as the song progresses. A fantastic song to start the album.
2) Wordplay (3 minutes 7 seconds) -
Wordplay is a strange song that combines Jason Mraz's version of rap into an indie sounding song. This style sounds like it should be disastrous but it is actually quite genius. Don't try singing along to anything other than the chorus because he sings so quickly you will end up getting very tongue tied! It is definitely one of my favourite songs on the album and continues the great start to the album.
3) Geek in the Pink (3 minutes 55 seconds) -
This song is one that really irritated me when I first started to listen to the album but it has grown on me a little since then. Mraz shows off his ability to sing at an amazingly fast pace whilst still sounding vocally brilliant in this track. It still isn't one of my favourite songs on the album, but I can listen to it without a strong urge to skip now.
4) Did You Get My Message? (4 minutes 1 second) -
This song sounds like one that has been taken from Maroon 5's album. It is an amazing song that features Racheal Yamagata. Their voices complement each other well and I always find myself imagining that I'm the one singing with Jason Mraz. The song starts upbeat but ends slower. I personally prefer the beginning half of the song. A great album filler, but nothing more than that.
5) Mr Curiosity (3 minutes 55 seconds) -
Mr Curiosity is easily one of my favourite songs, if not my favourite song on the album. It is simple yet brilliant. I like this song as it shows a softer side to Jason Mraz. We often hear him rapping or singing upbeat numbers but this song goes back to basics. It is a great ballad with just a piano which is later joined by a guitar. His voice is beautiful in this track and I genuinely hear the emotion in his voice when I listen to this. I love it.
6) Clockwatching (4 minutes 23 seconds) -
This track is, in my opinion, just an album filler that is upbeat and catchy. Unfortunately, it just doesn't have that extra sparkle that is needed to make a song a hit. I love the guitar throughout and his voice seems so natural.
7) Bella Luna (5 minutes 2 seconds) -
This song is totally different to any others on the album. It has a holiday feel to the song, like a song that you would listen to at a restaurant in the sweltering heat. Bella Luna took a while for me to get used to, but I now love listening to this song.
8) Plane (5 minutes 14 seconds) -
Vocally, I really enjoy this track but I can't help but find the song a little bit boring as it drags on a little too much for my liking. I think if he cut it by 2 minutes I might enjoy it a bit more but it is definitely not one of the best on the album. Sorry Mraz. I think this is the type of song that Damien Rice sings a lot better. Some might enjoy this but unfortunately I don't.
9) O. Lover (3 minutes 55 seconds) -
This song is an upbeat number that is one of the catchiest on the album. It will definitely have you tapping your feet as you listen although it is yet another that will leave you tongue tied. He reminds me of Jamiroquai in this song as it has the same tempo and vocals.
10) Please Don't Tell Her (4 minutes 38 seconds) -
This is a slower indie number that is perfect for when you want to listen to a song that you can relax to. There is nothing stand out about this song but I love it when it speeds up and intensifies for the chorus.
11) The Forecast (3 minutes 45 seconds) -
This song is easy listening at its best. It is a similar sound to a number of the other songs on this album but equally as good and enjoyable.
12) Song For a Friend (8 minutes 8 seconds) -
This track is the perfect song to what is a solid album. It is a long track but I thoroughly enjoy every second of it. I think it shows Mraz at his best and if you listen to this song alone, I think you will understand just why I like listening to his music so much. At about 6 minutes into this song it slows down almost to a stop and you think the song has finished when it suddenly bursts into an upbeat song. What a brilliant way to end this album.
*Would I Recommend This Album?*
I was recommended this album by a member of the dooyoo community and I think this is a prime example of how fantastic the site is. I thoroughly enjoyed this wide combination of genres that Jason Mraz combines to create a solid yet not spectacular album. The vocals are pure brilliance and there are a number of songs with superb lyrics. As with most albums, there are usually a few tracks that don't quite make the mark but overall, it is an album that I love listening to.
If you are looking for an album that is easy listening then Mr A-Z will suit you perfectly. The album includes pop and folk, jazz and hip hop all of which make a slightly indie sound.
I think that We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things is a better album overall but this album contains some absolutely fantastic songs that have now found themselves of repeat on my i-pod.
You can buy Mr A-Z by Jason Mraz from www.amazon.co.uk for just £5.98. This is quite expensive for an album that has been out for sometime so I suggest listening to it first on spotify to see if you like it before making the purchase. But it is a brilliant album that I thoroughly enjoy listening to.
To find out more about Jason Mraz or view his tour dates you can visit his official website at www.jasonmraz.com which is a comprehensive website with anything you would want to know about Mraz at your fingertips.
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