Love Is A Four Letter Word
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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, "...Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Will always remain as my favorite album by Mr. AZ! I won't give up is the best song of the album.Published 19 days ago by Chuck Morgan
'Be Honest' is my favorite song of this lovely album. Can someone confirm if he's a human or not?Published 1 month ago by Monica
Jason Mraz has got to be to he most brilliant and powerful musician of his time. My favorite album of himPublished 1 month ago by Grace
Great album. Uplifting music and words. My kids sing along with me. Highly recommend.Published 1 month ago by gmk1016
His best album for me! It has almost every song that made me fall madly in love with him.Published 3 months ago by Engineer Krystal Willis