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Love Is a Four Letter Word

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 "I Won't Give Up," 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 "I Won't Give Up," 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2012
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678766664
  • Catalog Number: 530701
  • Sales rank: 9,655

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Freedom Song (4:00)
  2. 2 Living In the Moment (3:55)
  3. 3 The Woman I Love (3:04)
  4. 4 I Won't Give Up (3:58)
  5. 5 5/6 (5:57)
  6. 6 Everything is Sound (4:45)
  7. 7 93 Million Miles (3:36)
  8. 8 Frank D. Fixer (4:45)
  9. 9 Who's Thinking About You Now? (4:47)
  10. 10 In Your Hands (4:51)
  11. 11 Be Honest (3:24)
  12. 12 The World As I See It (8:48)
  13. 13 [CD-ROM Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jason Mraz Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bouzouki, Vocals
Paul Bushnell Bass
Matt Chamberlain Percussion, Drums
Victor Indrizzo Percussion
Rick Nowels Acoustic Guitar
Tim Pierce Guitar
Gregg Field Drums
Arnold McCuller Background Vocals
G. Love Harmonica
C.C. White Background Vocals
Mike Daly Acoustic Guitar
Jeff Babko Keyboards
Justin Meldal-Johnsen Bass
Valerie Pinkston Background Vocals
Carlos Sosa Saxophone
Inara George Vocals
Reggie Watkins Trombone
Zac Rae Keyboards
Amy Keys Background Vocals
Steve Aho Vibes
Toca Rivera Background Vocals
Fernando Castillo Trumpet
Technical Credits
David Campbell String Arrangements
Joe Chiccarelli Producer, Engineer, drum programming
David Davidson String Arrangements
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Mike Daly Composer
Lars Fox Engineer
Bill Silva Management
Martin Terefe Composer
Sacha Skarbek Composer
Jason Mraz Composer
Seth Lichtenstein Legal Counsel
David Hodges Composer
Eric Hinojosa Composer
Matt Hales Composer
Graham Hope Engineer
Morgan Stratton Engineer
Richard Nowels Composer, Additional Production
Ken Hertz Legal Counsel
Jeremy Mohr Legal Counsel
Michael Natter Composer
Vince Schultz Management
Philly Brentnall Management
Patrick Pocklington Management
Luc Reynaud Composer
Kristin Wenning Legal Counsel
Janet Gill Legal Counsel
Greg Gigen Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    crap is a four letter word, I hated this cd

    crap is a four letter word, I hated this cd

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