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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 ...
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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 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, the perpetually sophomoric singer/songwriter repeats it in the chorus of "Wordplay," the first single from this follow-up to his hit 2002 debut, Waiting for My Rocket to Come. It's a play on his last name, which is appropriate, since it not only indicates how self-absorbed Mraz is, but it's a good match for the dirty joke title of his debut. That's because Jason Mraz is primarily concerned with two things: himself and sex. But even when he's talking about the latter, he fits the former into the equation -- "I've been working on getting you off, so get on board," for instance -- because he does consider himself to be quite a compelling presence. After all, he's "been a new sensation," as he declares on "Wordplay," which is likely the first single to ever be about an artist planning to beat the sophomore slump by having a hit with the very tune you're currently hearing. In this song, Mr. A-Z himself claims that "it's all about the wordplay" because "I am the wizard of oohs." Now if Mr. Wizard was really all about the wordplay -- that is, all about rhyming games and clever juxtapositions -- he would realize that his self-anointed title doesn't sound like "The Wizard of Oz" and no amount of musical quotations from the film's theme song will change that, it sounds like he's the "wizard of ooze." That's a far cry from "Till I step on the brakes to get out of her clutches," to randomly pick an example from Elvis Costello, a songwriter who truly does relish playing with words and was more of an outsider than this self-proclaimed "geek", but his awkward wordplay does fit, because Mraz does come across like the Wizard of Ooze. Especially when he's trying to be romantic, whether it's on the mock-operatic crooning that closes "Mr. Curiosity" or how "damn" is softly cooed in the chorus of "Plane," where he takes consolation that even if his flight crashes, he'll at least be able to see his lover's house from here. Not exactly romantic mood music, but Mraz prefers matters of the flesh anyway, rapidly spitting out lyrics about hooking up, such as "I can taste you all over my face," that make Dave Matthews' "hike up your skirt a little more" seem classy. Of course, Mraz's loose-limbed, litely funky, litely jazzy pop recalls Matthews and all of the post-Aware Records singer/songwriters who followed in his wake. He loves to have his words spiral up and down on a cascade of moon/June/spoon rhymes and repetition. He loves to have them spill out uncontrollably, cramming as many words into a phrase as possible, unless he's diving for that dirty joke, as he does on "Geek in the Pink," when he stretches out "I can save you from unoriginal dum-dums/Who would care if you come...plete him or not." All of these traits were apparent on Waiting for My Rocket to Come, but with a little success underneath his belt, Mraz is content to indulge himself to his heart's content on Mr. A-Z, constructing songs that ride a groove with the sole purpose of giving himself a place to sing and kind of rap about the glories of himself, or to make juvenile jokes. For those who enjoyed the wise-ass undercurrent of his debut, this will be a delight. [A DualDisc version was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2005
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075678377624
  • Catalog Number: 83776

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)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Life Is Wonderful
  2. 2 Wordplay
  3. 3 Geek in the Pink
  4. 4 Did You Get My Message? [Multimedia
  5. 5 Mr. Curiosity
  6. 6 Clockwatching
  7. 7 Bella Luna
  8. 8 Plane
  9. 9 O. Lover
  10. 10 Please Don't Tell Her [Multimedia Tr
  11. 11 The Forecast
  12. 12 Song for a Friend
  13. 13 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jason Mraz Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Bill Bell Guitar, Background Vocals
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
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
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
Technical Credits
Ted Jensen Mastering
Steve Lillywhite Producer
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
Bird 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
Samuel "Vaughan" Merrick Engineer
Roxanne Oldham Contributor
Teresa Polyak Videography
David Zwarg Videography
Ainslie Henderson Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mr. A-Z is AWESOME

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mr. A-Z Another Smash Hit

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    More goodness from Mraz

    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.

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    Posted November 3, 2009

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