We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things [2CD/DVD]

We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things [2CD/DVD]

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by Jason Mraz
     
 

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Obsessed with carnality as he is, it was only a matter of time before Jason Mraz realized that it's better to sound sexy than to blather about it incessantly. This monumental moment arrives on his third album, We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things, easily his sleekest collection of sounds and his only album to contain a suggestion of seduction within itsSee more details below

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Obsessed with carnality as he is, it was only a matter of time before Jason Mraz realized that it's better to sound sexy than to blather about it incessantly. This monumental moment arrives on his third album, We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things, easily his sleekest collection of sounds and his only album to contain a suggestion of seduction within its grooves. Actually, We Sing is Mraz's only album to actually groove, as he sets down his acoustic guitar for much of the album and rides along on smooth rhythms partially indebted to '80s blue-eyed soul by Hall & Oates and Steve Winwood -- in that sense, the album recalls John Mayer's Continuum -- but he relies more heavily on Thriller, mixing it up with some modern neo-soul that gives this a surprisingly soulful sound. Mraz can glide on these surfaces, leaning on the gentle art of insinuation instead of goosing his paramour, but old habits die hard: it's only a matter of time before he punctures the seduction by scatting sophomorically, slipping in juvenile come-ons ("You make my slacks tight"), or stuttering manic syncopations on "The Dynamo of Volition." Mraz is also prone to terminal cuteness, drafting in a kids chorus to close out the coda of "Coyotes" and mewling out phrases like "always a goody doer," and while these are often so close-miked and forthright they're hard to ignore, they're also just not as prevalent as they were on the icky Mr. A-Z. Also, they're cleverly camouflaged beneath that gossamer gloss, typified by the quite catchy "Butterfly," whose Quincy Jones-styled horns disguise his mildly queasy oral sex puns. Mraz's lyrics don't stand up to such close scrutiny -- something the McCartney-esque, perhaps autobiographical divorce ballad "Love for a Child" ("Was it my mom who put dad out on his ass/Or the other way around") makes plain -- but the nice thing about the soulful shimmer of We Sing is that it's so slick that it's easy to ignore the gibberish spilling out of Mraz's mouth and just enjoy the sunny, easy sound. [Atlantic issued a bonus-laden, two-CD + DVD edition in 2008.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2008
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678970092
catalogNumber:
516492
Rank:
32224

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Make It Mine
  2. I'm Yours
  3. Lucky
  4. Butterfly
  5. Live High
  6. Love for a Child
  7. Details in the Fabric  - James Morrison
  8. Coyotes
  9. Only Human
  10. The Dynamo of Volition
  11. If It Kills Me
  12. A Beautiful Mess

Disc 2

  1. I'm Yours
  2. Live High
  3. If It Kills Me
  4. A Beautiful Mess
  5. Make It Mine
  6. Butterfly
  7. Only Human
  8. The Dynamo of Volition
  9. Love for a Child
  10. Coyotes
  11. Man Gave Names to All the Animals
  12. Mudhouse/Gypsy MC

Disc 3

  1. Plane
  2. Make It Mine
  3. Geek in the Pink
  4. Dramatica Mujer
  5. The Dynamo of Volition
  6. A Beautiful Mess
  7. If It Kills Me
  8. The Remedy (I Won't Worry)
  9. 1000 Things
  10. Live High
  11. Only Human
  12. Butterfly
  13. I'm Yours
  14. No Stopping Us
  15. Fall Through Glass
  16. Outro
  17. Here We Are: A Mraz Documentary
  18. A Thousand Things: Book Preview

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jason Mraz   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
James Morrison   Vocals
Keith Nichols   Cello
David Angell   Violin
John Catchings   Cello
David Davidson   Violin
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Jon Hall   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Carlos Sosa   Flute,Horn,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tanya Murphy   Choir, Chorus
Martin Terefe   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Sacha Skarbek   Piano,Keyboards
Fernie "Maddog" Castillo   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Horn
Andreas Olsson   Synthesizer,Sousaphone
Raúl Vallejo   Trombone
Benjamin Adamson   Trumpet
Savanna Electra Sparkes   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Eric Hinojosa   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Ian Sheridan   Bass,Vocals
Karl Brazil   Drums
James Morrison   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Pete Ibsen   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Colbie Caillat   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Kristoffer Sonne   Drums
Kieran McGuinness   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Luke Potashnick   Guitar
Lauren DeRose   Background Vocals
Voices of Prayze   Vocals
Joseph Alfille Wok   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Camille Alston   Handwriting
Olivia Ausah Smith   Choir, Chorus
Julia Cailleteau   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Connie Corn   Choir, Chorus
Alexis Federowich   Background Vocals
Judy Renea Fenoid   Choir, Chorus
Shardie Flenoid   Choir, Chorus
Becky Gebhardt   Bass
Teymor Gray   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Xoreal Harrison   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Tricia Huffman   Background Vocals
Justin Kirk   Trombone
Rebecca Lacey   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Nicolaj Torp Larsen   Keyboards,Choir, Chorus
Aaron Leibowitz   Saxophone
Sofia Loopuit   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Walid Massund   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Gianna Muir Robinson   Background Vocals
Millet Oliver   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Rita Ora   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Thomas Picard   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Idu Rhem   Choir, Chorus
Zatac Sylwia   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Mona Tavakoli   Drums,Background Vocals
Taylor Tay   Background Vocals
Hannah Terefe   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Noah Terefe   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Tia Terefe   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Tanya Tolver   Choir, Chorus
Jane Tonnes   Background Vocals
Nikolaj Torplarsen   Keyboards,Vocals
Chirell Warren   Choir, Chorus
Kiera Zekra   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Olivia Ahsah-Smith   Vocals
Nick Whitecross   Vocals
Bushwalla   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chaskh Potter   Background Vocals
Ralo Vallejo   Trombone
McFlow   Background Vocals
Julia Morgan   Vocals
Andy Powers   Electric Guitar
Toca Rivera   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Mai Bloomfield   Cello,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Lauren Christy   Composer
David Davidson   Arranger,String Arrangements
Chris Gehringer   Mastering
Dennis Morris   Composer
Scott Spencer Storch   Composer
Dan Wilson   Composer
Graham Edwards   Composer
Chris Athens   Mastering
Carlos Sosa   Engineer
Bill Silva   Management
Bob Schneider   Composer
Martin Terefe   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Bobby Shin   Engineer
Sacha Skarbek   Composer
Jason Mraz   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Kevin Kadish   Composer
Scott Spock   Composer
Andreas Olsson   Programming,drum machine
Dyre Gormsen   Engineer
Greg Gigendad Burke   Art Direction
Grooveline Horns   Arranger
Ian Sheridan   Composer
David Shrigley   Illustrations
Yuan Wu   Illustrations
Colbie Caillat   Composer
Iain Hill   Engineer
Kors Eijkelboom   Producer,Audio Production
Becky Gebhardt   Composer
Rachel Lorrie   Author
Mona Tavakoli   Composer
Rory VanDerOest   Engineer
Thomas VanUrk   Engineer
Timothy Fagan   Composer
Chaskh Potter   Composer
Mai Bloomfield   Composer

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