Parade of Lights
The Take Off and Landing of Everything
Jason Mraz stuff has always had one specific characteristic- it's never to be taken too seriously. Mraz's music is characteristically goofy and bouncy, but there's always a decent amount quality to go along with all of the fun. On Mraz's latest effort "We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things:, this goofiness is continued but can be broken down into three subsets. Number One- the typical acoustic bouncy jaunt through some perverted lyrics with some rhymes thrown in. Number Two- The beat behind whatever is sung is so ridiculous you expect Will Smith to contribute in some shape or form to the song. And finally Number Three- songs contributed to the soundtrack to the 'The Love Boat." Interesting subsets to be sure, and surprisingly none of those groupings are meant to be insults. There's a certain amount of diversity to this Mraz album that we've never really heard before- horns, beats, acoustics, and duets turn this album into Mraz's best work to date. The Colbie Caillat duet is enjoyable- with its whimsicalness- (I deem it as the song that could be played in the background as Isaac made Captain Stubbing a drink... I'm convinced), but better than the Coblie Caillat duet is Mraz's duet with James Morrison. The UK import and Mraz have some excellent two part harmonies throughout the song that makes it an instant classic. Other than that the single "I'm Yours" is probably the biggest notable on the album. It reminds the listener of former Mraz work more than any other song- (basically because it's an old song)- it's got a great chorus and Mraz's lyrics are more impressive here than they are on any other song on the album. Jason Mraz isn't exactly going to evolve a lot musically from album to album... that's partly because he was already good to begin with and partly because his style isn't something that can be upgraded to feel like anything other than what it is because it would feel forced. Mraz still has the same perverted lyrics, the same bouncy style, and the same unique sound that makes him a special artist- and with "We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things" he's added some different aspects to an already compelling sound. It's worth picking up if you're a fan of Mraz and worth checking out if you're a fan of good music that's not to be taken too seriously.