San Diego-based singer-songwriter Jason Mraz played a rather
harmless and uninspired mixture of
soul-jazz ballads and white funk on
Waiting for My Rocket to Come (2002), and
Mr A-Z (2005).
We Sing We Dance We Steal Things (2008)
showed he could evolve in different directions:
the smooth gentle lounge jazz of Make It Mine,
the bluesy and bouncy Billy Joel-ish retro exuberance of I'm Yours (his biggest hit),
the operatic pop a` la Beatles of If It Kills Me,
the simple soul-tinged pop of Live High,
the Caribbean funk of Butterfly,
Good examples of contrast are the acoustic folk elegy Details in the Fabric and the syncopated orchestral Coyotes.
All in all,
The Dynamo of Volition, a
frenzied rigmarole against an old-fashioned funky-soul-jazz backdrop, is probably
the most original song.
Each tune is a potential career. Eclectic and versatile if not a genius.
Unfortunately, he picked just one career for
Love Is a Four Letter Word (2012), the career of the romantic soul
singer, with single Blank a distant relative of his hit I'm Yours.
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