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Mr. A-Z
     

Mr. A-Z

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by Jason Mraz
 

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It's always tricky for an artist to follow up a multi-platinum debut. On the one hand, there's a desire to give the fan base the same kind of kick; on the other, there's the risk of being dubbed a wimp for refusing to draw outside the lines. Jason Mraz navigates his way through that tight spot rather nicely on Mr. A-Z, a sophomore set

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It's always tricky for an artist to follow up a multi-platinum debut. On the one hand, there's a desire to give the fan base the same kind of kick; on the other, there's the risk of being dubbed a wimp for refusing to draw outside the lines. Jason Mraz navigates his way through that tight spot rather nicely on Mr. A-Z, a sophomore set that retains the playful, self-effacing vibe of Waiting for My Rocket to Come without replicating that disc's ambiance note-for-note. "Wordplay" is probably the closest in tone to Mraz's smash "Remedy," with its acoustic strum and funky shuffle -- not to mention a lyric that shrugs off the potential of one-hit-wonderdom with affable charm. He takes a similar approach on "Geek in the Pink," a silly bit of autobiography that ratchets up the hip-hop side of his persona without the slightest pretense of seeking street cred. Mraz courts cred of an altogether different kind by stretching out a bit on a few of Mr. A-Z's more intriguing numbers, notably "Bella Luna," a heart-on-sleeve love ballad with a hint of bossa nova in its DNA. "Song for a Friend," on the other hand, finds him getting in touch with his inner Carole King, combining, as it does, Brill Building sensibility and a melody that could pass muster in a Broadway musical. At times, Mraz's lyrics teeter on the precipice of disposability, but thanks to a winning delivery and an aw-shucks attitude, he usually manages to snatch them back and plant them firmly in the listener's gray matter.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In case you didn't catch the pun in the title of Jason Mraz's sophomore album, Mr. A-Z, it's a play on his last name, which is appropriate since it indicates his self-absorption. Mraz's loose-limbed, litely funky-jazzy pop recalls Dave Matthews and the singer/songwriters who followed in his wake; he loves to have his words cascade in moon/June rhymes and repetitions, and he loves to cram as many words into a phrase as possible. All of these traits were apparent on the debut, but with some success, Mraz is content to indulge himself on Mr. A-Z, constructing songs that ride a groove with the sole purpose of giving himself a place to sing about himself. For those who enjoyed his debut, this will be a delight.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2005
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075678383328
catalogNumber:
83833
Rank:
6026

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jason Mraz   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Bill Bell   Guitar
Jack Daley   Bass
Karl Perazzo   Percussion,Timbales
Raul Rekow   Percussion,Conga
Lyle Workman   Dobro,Guitar,Electric Guitar
Josh Deutsch   Castanets
Raul Midón   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Eric Simpson   Choir, Chorus
Mike Elizondo   Bass
?uestlove   Drums
Roger Manning   Keyboards,Moog Bass
Kevin Kadish   Acoustic Guitar
Rachael Yamagata   Vocals,Background Vocals
Roger Joseph Manning   Keyboards,Moog Bass
Eric Hinojosa   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Ian Sheridan   Bass,Background Vocals
Daniel Adendorff   Choir, Chorus
Lauren Baar   Choir, Chorus
Nicole Bayer   Cello
Bill Bell   Guitar,Background Vocals
Tracy Calton   Choir, Chorus
Patricia Cancro   Choir, Chorus
Rebecca Cheatham   Choir, Chorus
Megan Dean   Choir, Chorus
Robbie Eastman   Choir, Chorus
Sarah Ellett   Choir, Chorus
Kelsey Lee Farmer   Choir, Chorus
Brandan Charles Jenkins   Choir, Chorus
Lee Davis High School Choir   Background Vocals
Kara Lusk   Choir, Chorus
Christopher Mantlo   Choir, Chorus
Jonathan Mathews   Choir, Chorus
Charlie Mingroni   Voices
DJ Bob Necksnapp   scratching
Noel "Toca" Rivera   Background Vocals
Clinton Roane   Choir, Chorus
Whitney Robinson   Choir, Chorus
Elizabeth Rowe   Choir, Chorus
Amanda Stitzer   Choir, Chorus
Brandon Tate   Choir, Chorus
Jeremy Tozler   Choir, Chorus
Kasey Underdown   Choir, Chorus
Adam King   Drums
Nir "Z" Zidkyahu   Drums

Technical Credits

Steve Lillywhite   Producer,Audio Production
Lester Mendez   Composer
Dennis Morris   Composer
Steve Sidelnyk   Programming
Ben Watts   Cover Photo
Dan Wilson   Composer
Carl Glanville   Engineer
Josh Deutsch   Producer,Executive Producer
Wendy Robinson   Videography
Peter Harding   Videography
Jason Mraz   Composer
Kevin Kadish   Composer,Producer,Soundscape
Greg Gigendad Burke   Art Direction
Eric Hinojosa   Composer,Programming,Producer
Ian Sheridan   Composer,String Arrangements
Danielle Decker   Contributor
Diana de la Cerda   Videography
Dirtysick   Programming
Lee Davis High School Choir   Contributor
Samuel "Vaughan" Merrick   Engineer
Roxanne Oldham   Contributor
Teresa Polyak   Videography
David Zwarg   Videography
Ainslie Henderson   Composer
Scott Storch   Composer

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Mr. A-Z 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
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Rita_Lott More than 1 year ago
After hearing this album I was hooked on Jason. Great, great sound
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jason Mraz shows his versatility on this, his sophmore set. A few tracks are set in the 'rocket' mold, but he expands his pallette on songs like "Life is Wonderful" and "Did You Get My Message?". I'm always interested to see what an artist comes up with, especially when their first outing was a success. Jason is not afraid to try new things, and that's usually a good thing. If you enjoyed his debut, he's heading down a slightly different road, so jump on board with him. Rock on Jason!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow what a surprise! To be honest, I just picked up this album at the library because it looked interesting enough and I decided to give it a try. What an album. Jason embodies my favorite trait in an artist: VERSATILITY! Every single song on this album was a different experience from the last. Absolute Ear Candy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! I really love this album, and it is a great follow up to waiting for my rocket to come. For Mraz fans this is a must buy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jason Mraz is refreshing and extremely versatile in his new album "Mr. A-Z". Every song is different and astounding, leaving you amazed at his talent and chamelon-like style. It appeals to all audiences and genres alike. You will not be let down!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This c.d. rocks!! Every song is wonderful and unique just like Jason!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far his best work to date. His choice of eclectic sounds and creative words makes him my number one choice. You go Jason, You go!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jason Mraz's new album is markedly different than his debut “Waiting for My Rocket to Come” in many ways. "Mr. A-Z" is a refreshing and strong follow up to a great album. It seems that Jason Mraz on Mr. A-Z has grown up a bit, and the new album shows and older, more mature songwriter. Turning away from his “street prophet” persona, “Mr. A-Z” shows that Mraz has undergone major development as both a songwriter and musician. Songs like “Wordplay,” although playful, display this new sensibility. Although the album is a bit more polished than its predecessor and seems to aim at making larger waves, none of the songwriting integrity that put Jason Mraz on the map in the first place has been lost. What results is an album by an artist coming into bloom. I’m glad that Jason Mraz is still able to take chances.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Album is brilliant another masterpiece from Mr. Mraz himself Plane Mr. Curiousity and Did you get my message are all great check it out its a must buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing CD. I fell in love with 'Waiting for my Rocket to Come' and the long wait for 'Mr. A-Z' was totally worth it. Jason Mraz has a whole style of his own and has fun, quick lyrics that are different and make me feel optimistic...not sad like so many of the other current artists do.
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