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Love Is a Four Letter Word

Jason MrazAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)

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We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. comes six years after Jason Mraz saw his major label debut, Waiting for My Rocket to Come explode off the success of such hits as “Remedy (I Won’t Worry),” “You & I Both” and “Curbside Prophet.” Shortly thereafter, he returned with his Grammy-nominated, critically acclaimed Mr. A-Z, which continued his chart ... Read more in Amazon's Jason Mraz Store

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  • Audio CD (April 17, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B0079XNWQA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Freedom Song
2. Living In The Moment
3. The Woman I Love
4. I Won t Give Up
5. 5/6
6. Everything Is Sound (La La La)
7. 93 Million Miles
8. Frank D Fixer
9. Who s Thinking About You Now?
10. In Your Hands
11. Be Honest (feat. Inara George)
12. The World As I See It

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Hailed as one of the modern era s most gifted pop troubadours, Jason Mraz has shared stages with percussionist Noel "Toca" Rivera for more than a decade. The two musicians first met back in 2000, when Mraz was just making his mark on the San Diego coffee house scene. Enthralled by the young songwriter s free-flowing lyrical mastery, Rivera invited Mraz to join the eponymous trio he fronted alongside his brother Carlos. The group hit the road, travelling California s highways and byways together in a beat-up Winnebago, inspiring Mraz s classic song, "Dream Life of Rand McNally." When Carlos decided to take time off, Jason and Toca continued to collaborate as a duo, earning acclaim and passionate audience responses wherever they performed. Mraz s guitar and vocals match beautifully with Rivera s intuitive djembe playing and the two maintain a long friendship and collaborative relationship, recording and touring together to this day.

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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No peaks or valleys in Love April 19, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
After trying different songs and styles over the past 4 years, Jason Mraz comes up with an album that is very different from his previous offerings yet still succeeds in delivering a satisfying sound.

If you're looking for the upbeat and fast-paced funk of We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things, you won't find it here. That may be the biggest problem for his thousands of fans. This album is definitely more subdued than his other efforts. The risqué lyrics and fun wordplay that many fans have come to love aren't on this album - yet the song writing on this album seems more focused on its goal.

The production on Love Is a Four Letter Word is very smooth - lush strings come in to add those touches, the horns are not in your face (with the exception of The Freedom Song) and the harmonies are light and airy. With the exception of voice, guitar and drums, every instrument comes and goes very discreetly, adding their touches when needed but without fanfare. This can both be a blessing and a curse, as it sometimes sounds like the soul of a song has been smothered by the production. Here we find an album about Love that talks about love but never quite hits the emotional peaks and lows that love brings about.

This is typical of most Mraz albums however - songs on a Mraz album rarely sound like they do when performed live. This is perhaps the curse of being an artist who can pull lyrics out of thin air with a melody that lingers - a produced album never sounds "live".

Fans who want to know that Jason hasn't lost his fun live style should buy the Deluxe version which features live tracks of songs that didn't make the album and showcase that fun. That version also includes a demo version of "I Won't Give Up", the first single.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE! April 19, 2012
By K. Goss
Format:Audio CD
I have never been a huge fan of Jason Mraz, however, he really won me over with this album. If you listen to the lyrics of his song you can tell that he is pouring everything into each of these songs.

He not only made an excellent easy listening mixtape, but he also put together one of the most inspirational albums in recent memory. Although this album won't change the music industry, I feel that this album can really impact people's mindset. Instead of listening to DEPRESSING songs why not listen to Jason Mraz and feel uplifted, revived, and inspired.

If you dont want to listen to the whole CD, which I think you really should, listen to these tracks (SPOTIFY). Dont just listen, hear and feel these lyrics:

Living in the Moment
I Won't Give Up
93 Million Miles
The World As I See It

This CD will be in my player for a long time.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Change of Pace and style April 20, 2012
By Anthony
Format:Audio CD
If you are hoping that this album has all the quick tempo and lyrical twists that you are accustomed to from Jason, it's not. I still like it and would buy it again in a heartbeat.

Common critique I've read is that the lyrics are very simplified. Other than the track 'You Fckn Did It', I'd agree that the tempo of this album is much slower from previous albums. Although the upbeat tempo may not be there, I can still hear the passion Jason always has when he sings. That in my opinion is more important than tricky lyrics and him putting out what some fans expect him to put out.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mraz Brings the Love, Reaches New Phase April 17, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Jason Mraz could wrap his voice around names from the phone book and wring a wide spectrum of emotions from them, and several selections from new album "Love is a Four Letter Word" showcase that glorious range of his. Because he has such a swoon-inducing set of pipes and a remarkable ability to craft colorful melodies that showcase it he never fails to sound anything but resolute and inviting, helping his lesser tunes stand tall next to his stronger work.

Now firmly in his 30s and a decade into his career, Mraz often sounds comfortable yet conflicted on "Love is a Four Letter Word," trying to embrace his sincere (but often confining) peace-and-love persona and also find breathing room beyond it. This, as well as the fact that he is long-entrenched in a relatively stress-free life, no longer needing to worry about acquiring new fans or hits and heeding advice from his own personal "joyologist," inevitably makes him a different man and, therefore, artist.

He is at that once-in-a-career place creative souls reach (when lucky) where the old incentives to create art are suddenly replaced by new ones. He does not entirely succeed at getting out from under the clutter of expectations of fans and record company bosses, and for that reason a few tunes ("Everything Is Sound," "Living in the Moment"), while always lovely and listenable, sound mannered and even a tad forced, attributes which never applied to his former work.

Considering the expectations heaped upon him in the wake of "I'm Yours" and its massive, yet stifling, success, "...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This album, as I see it, is a remarkable thing April 25, 2012
Format:Audio CD
In reading other reviews of "Love is a Four Letter Word," I have noticed two main threads: those who criticize Mraz for more fully embracing the peace-and-love vibes that made him popular with the release of "I'm Yours" ca. 2008, and those who admire his willingness to take a new direction and still be playful and creative with the music. In either case, I think we can all agree that "Love" is a far cry from Mraz's days a curbside prophet, a geek in the pink, or a dynamo of volition. Then again, in reminiscing on his old albums, I see that a lot of those tracks in isolation could make Mraz seem just as flat and over-produced as many accuse him of being now. The truth about Mr. A-Z is that you really do have to be a dedicated fan to understand what he is capable of and to overlook some of the indiscretions that happen in the studio. Because I believe Jason to be a true musician, he is most definitely better in a live setting, where the creativity and spontaneity that make him so lovable are given freer expression. There is no doubt that he is talented, but I will admit that I had my doubts about whether or not I would like this album. In the words of a friend who dislikes "I'm Yours" just as much as I do, the world does not need another Jack Johnson. While I love the idea of a man and his acoustic guitar, it is easy for that kind of music to slide into the realm of the utterly uninspired.

All that having been said, I do not regret purchasing this album. Per the usual, Mraz is ultimately successful in delivering songs that are lovely and worth the listen, even if some are less memorable.
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