Mr. A-Z

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2005
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075678383328
  • Catalog Number: 83833
  • Sales rank: 36,607

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Life Is Wonderful (4:20)
  2. 2 Wordplay (3:06)
  3. 3 Geek in the Pink (3:55)
  4. 4 Did You Get My Message? (4:00)
  5. 5 Mr. Curiosity (3:55)
  6. 6 Clockwatching (4:23)
  7. 7 Bella Luna (5:02)
  8. 8 Plane (5:13)
  9. 9 O. Lover (3:54)
  10. 10 Please Don't Tell Her (4:37)
  11. 11 The Forecast (3:45)
  12. 12 Song for a Friend (8:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jason Mraz Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, 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 Jr. 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
Ted Jensen Mastering
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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I'm hooked

    After hearing this album I was hooked on Jason. Great, great sound

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mr. A-Z is all about the wordplay.

    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!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    an "A" for Mr. A-Z!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a great follow-up

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazzzzzing

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best CDs all year!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jason is soooo amazing!!

    This c.d. rocks!! Every song is wonderful and unique just like Jason!

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