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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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For the most part I have felt that younger talent has forgone melody in favor of cliched licks and heavy rhythm. Boring!!! I think that so many think that redundant 'blues' licks, vocal acrobatics and busy arpeggios are all that matter anymore.
This CD is full of extremely pleasant, well written and nicely arranged MUSIC. It has all the elements of great writing, melody, outstanding groove (thanks to the wonderful drumming of Matt Chamberlain!), excellent recording and a whole bunch of subtle, musical beauty!
Let's say that this recording has rekindled hope in me that there really are young artists who know how to make great music. The songs are very memorable and are quite singable. I predict a number of hits will come from this record! I sure hope so! After all, we all remember the 'hits' we've known and loved over the years.
No matter if you're listening intently or listening passively, this is one helluva good record! Thanks Jason!
There is something of a "throw back" feel to this piece. Mraz is old school romantic and an unstoppable optimist. Praise the Lord for this great man!
I'm not upset about the lack of fun in this album, because instead of fun there are a lot of feelings, reflections, and thought. Not that Jason's songs ever showed a lack of thought, of course. Thinking back on his discography is like listening to someone grow up, except the younger years are just as great as the later years. They're different and that's okay. And I'm looking forward for more.
He's a modern day hippie who just loves to sing his folksy style music and he does it very well. If Slayer is your idea of good music, you will hate Jason Mraz (Because as Eric Cartman taught us, hippies hate death metal). If you like Peter Paul and Mary, you'll probably enjoy this.