Touring in support of his latest album Love Is a Four Letter Word, Jason Mraz, backed by his band will come to the Comcast Center on September 9th. Mraz’s blend of smooth vocals, poppy melodies and acoustic guitar have been pleasing the public since his first major label release back in 2002, Waiting for My Rocket to Come. The album spawned the minor hits “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)” and “You and I Both”. With his next album, Mr. A-Z, he achieved larger success with it debuting at number 5 on the Billboard 200. He was also selected to open for the Rolling Stones for five dates during their 2005-2006 tour. His biggest success to date would come with the release of the 2008 record We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. The album debuted at number three pushed by the ridiculously catchy “I’m Yours”. The song (which if you want to be stuck in your head can be heard here) became Mraz’s first top ten single peaking at number six. In 2009 the song was nominated for Song of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the Grammy’s.
His new record, Love is a Four Letter Word, still features Mraz’s gentle voice but with more of a variety of instrumentation. The songs seem more polished than ever and can easily careen into background music. Although the standout moments almost make it worth listening to the songs in between. “The Woman I Love” is a good feeling ode to, well love and the reasons why we stay with our respective partners but I can’t help but hear the Velveeta coming through with some of Mraz’s lyrics. Vocally, his voice is as smooth as eggs but, he rarely stretches it out. It’s only on “I Won’t Give Up” that towards the end he belts out the chorus and it feels good. He’s still got an island jazz feel, especially on tracks “5/6” and “Be Honest”, so laid back your practically falling into the hammock. The uptempo “Frank D. Fixer” featuring G. Love on Harmonica, is fun but lyrically borderlines Children’s music. Perhaps the most memorable track is “Everything Is Sound” with a great sing along chorus is an uplifting song that possesses all the qualities you expect from Mraz, a blend of Jimmy Buffett and James Taylor. Overall, the record has an uplifting, breezy, feel good vibe that shows solid musicianship and crafty songwriting, perfect for a nice summer night.
Christina Perri is the opening act for this tour and tickets can be found right there ————> Get Tickets!