Jason Mraz – Love Is A Four Letter Word (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 55:47 minutes | 1,25 GB | Genre: Pop
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Love is a Four Letter Word is the highly anticipated fourth studio effort from two-time GRAMMY winning singer-songwriter Jason Mraz. Mraz has earned worldwide success with his signature phrasing and word play anthems. His latest release is his deepest and most artistic statement to date, fueled with the singer’s distinguished vocal landscapes and rich textural arrangements. Produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Joe Chiccarelli, the album includes Mraz’s heartfelt acoustic ballad and second top 10 single “I Won’t Give Up,” which finds the musician achieving a new level of profound success. Filled with riveting material, the album flows tremendously from the appealing soulful track, “The Freedom Song,” to the elegant jazz inspired “5/6”.
“Jason Mraz successfully makes the transition from being simply clever to being deep…Love Is a Four Letter Word should establish him as a bona fide artist.” – Newsday
Underneath his tongue-twisting wordplay, Jason Mraz fancies himself a loverman — and given that his greatest success came from the sticky sentiment of “I’m Yours,” who can blame him for thinking this way? Nevertheless, he’s never made a full-blown makeout record until Love Is a Four Letter Word, an album steeped in ’70s soul. Mraz doesn’t neglect his acoustic guitar nor does he abandon his showy verbal gymnastics, but apart from a cut or two — including “BLANK,” the album’s first single — they’re buried underneath stacks of luxurious strings and thick, insistent grooves, touches that tie the record together with elegance. Mr. A-Z has hinted at soul before but he’s never placed music over words, a shift of emphasis that delivers great dividends. He can still be a nasally, hyperactive twit, too eager to succumb to clever-clever puns and quips, but there’s an acknowledgment that even if he can’t change who he is — witness the terribly titled “Fred D Fixer,” an ode to a grandfather who lived by his hands, not his wits — he can build upon this foundation. If all he adds is color and flair, not some serious depth, that winds up being enough: by making alterations and affecting his pose, Mraz pushes himself into new territory, creating music that’s perilously close to sounding seductive. What holds Love Is a Four Letter Word from actually being seductive is that Mraz seems more lech than Lothario — there’s always a sense that he’s around for nothing longer than a night. But, as Love Is a Four Letter Word plays, Mraz can convince you that his pleasures are a bit more than fleeting. It may be a lie, but it sure sounds good as it’s told.
01. The Freedom Song
02. Living In The Moment
03. The Woman I Love
04. I Won’t Give Up
06. Everything Is Sound
07. 93 Million Miles
08. Frank D. Fixer
09. Who’s Thinking About You Now?
10. In Your Hands
11. Be Honest (feat. Inara George)
12. The World As I See It
13. Hidden Track