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 setSee more details below

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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.

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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:
33951

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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
Nir Z.   Drums
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

Technical Credits

Steve Lillywhite   Producer,Audio Production
Lester Mendez   Composer
Dennis Morris   Composer
Steve Sidelnyk   Programming
Scott Spencer Storch   Composer
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

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