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Review of “We sing, we dance, we steal things” - Jason Mraz

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I would not say, that “We sing, we dance, we steal things” is Jason Mraz’s best album yet. It is just so hard to pick a favorite. I would say it most certainly is Jason’s cleanest album, maybe also his most varied (with many influences, from funk, jazz, R&B, folk, rap and electro), although “Mr A-Z” was quite varied already. The tracks on this album differ quite a bit from what you would hear live from Jason, much more than they did on the previous albums, perhaps it is just because his style is changing (or expanding), and I’m not quite sure how I like it. Don’t get me wrong, all the songs are great, I love this album. Like many great albums it needs some investment to really love, but the songs are steadily getting better, the more you listen to them, this is a quality that is very rare, especially concerning pop albums, so I’m glad Jason pulled it off.

5/5

1. Make It Mine (3:08)

A very clean, optimistic, upbeat song, nicely instrumented, an inspiring trumpet (?) solo (did I mention, that I love solos?). There certainly is no flaw in this song.

2. I’m Yours (4:04)

The already famous “I’m Yours” (from Jason’s live performances), the lyrics are just ingenious and so funny, the first time I heard the song live (in Lucerne) i had to laugh. This version is not as playful, as others I’ve heard, never the less a great song, extremely catchy melody, there’s very sunny, almost Jamaican feel to it. A live gem, that finally got the attention it deserved.

3. Lucky (3:10)

A smooth, harmonic duet (with Colbie Caillat) about nothing less than the perfect love. I especially like the flow of this song and it’s kind of “old” feel to it.

4. Butterfly (5:00)

An ode on sexual chemistry. Very funny lyrics again, this song just rocks, underlined with a fitting brass section, quite funky and extremely catchy. I just love those horns.

5. Live High (4:12)

I’ve heard this for the first time as a version that Jason sung walking through some French city, and absolute loved it. This version of course, is not as acoustic, not as raw, but it still is quite brilliant. An empowering refrain, cool background choruses. Overall: Strong, at times almost ecstatic and very optimistic.

6. Love for a Child (4:06)

A wonderfully melancholic track about having your parents divorce. “And they never to check to see my grades, what a fool I’d be to start complaining?”. With this song Jason once more proves how good a storyteller he is. With this song he proves once and for all, that it’s not just all about the wordplay.

7. Details in the Fabric (5:46)

It starts off a little like “Plane” (maybe it’s just because of the distorted (radio-like) voice) and becomes a guitar-heavy ballad. Sometimes it sounds like Damien Rice, or David Gray. It is somewhat too depressing a first, but I find it gets better as the song progresses.

8. Coyotes (3:38)

Just another new facet, Jason and electro-pop, certainly not my taste, but oddly enough it fits. In the end there are actually some kinds (or so it sounds to me) singing (or rather shouting) with him, which is just great, and gives this song just so much more power. (The multiple choruses in general do.) And there is also some opera singing (like in Mr. Curiosity)

9. Only Human (4:03)

“The planet’s talking about a revolution”, Jason’s hint in the direction of environmentalism, but without blaming anyone, it makes you think though. Primarily it’s just a good song, with a great chorus.

10. The Dynamo of Volition (3:37)

Definitely my favorite. Another tongue twisting wordplay.

I do not keep up with statistics
I do not sleep without a mistress
I do not eat unless it’s fixed with
Some kind of sweet like a licorice
My home is deep inside the mystics
I’m known to keep diggin’ on existence
I’m holdin’ in the heat like a fish stick
And my phone it beeps because I missed it

Just ingenious because of the mad and sometime unexpected rhyming, (this is modern poetry).

11. If It Kills Me (4:34)

I’m never quite sure whether this piano ballad (highlighted with strings) is optimistic (I find it is at most times) or melancholic - I suppose it’s a little of both. But I certainly like it.

12. Beautiful Mess (5:36)

A beautiful ballad, a little like “Please Don’t Tell Her”. Jason’s flawless voice turns this song into a masterpiece.

Some new CD’s

I’ve recenty recieved some long longed for CD’s and decided to take a picture of them - aren’t they beautiful?

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There are two albums from Gavin DeGraw: The extraordinary “Chariot” and the latest addition “Gavin De Graw” which I will review soon. Then there are also two albums from Tristan Prettyman, the beautiful “Tristan Prettyman” (What is it with Singer-Songwriters and self-titled albums?) and her newest album “Hello…x” (Which I will review soon, too.). There is a Sister Hazel album (”BAM!”). Then there is the long awaited third studio album from Jason Mraz “We dance, we sing, we steal things” (Which will get a review as well) and there are three albums from John Mayer, two live albums: “the Village Sessions” (You guessed it, review…) and “as/is” (Maybe review…) and his dive into blues with the “John Mayer Trio” one of his best albums “Try!”.