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

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 075678970092
  • Catalog Number: 516492
  • Sales rank: 23,835

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Make It Mine (3:08)
  2. 2 I'm Yours (4:02)
  3. 3 Lucky (3:09)
  4. 4 Butterfly (5:00)
  5. 5 Live High (4:12)
  6. 6 Love for a Child (4:05)
  7. 7 Details in the Fabric - James Morrison (5:45)
  8. 8 Coyotes (3:38)
  9. 9 Only Human (4:02)
  10. 10 The Dynamo of Volition (3:36)
  11. 11 If It Kills Me (4:33)
  12. 12 A Beautiful Mess (5:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I'm Yours (4:47)
  2. 2 Live High (4:03)
  3. 3 If It Kills Me (5:01)
  4. 4 A Beautiful Mess (5:15)
  5. 5 Make It Mine (3:24)
  6. 6 Butterfly (5:11)
  7. 7 Only Human (4:48)
  8. 8 The Dynamo of Volition (4:23)
  9. 9 Love for a Child (3:53)
  10. 10 Coyotes (4:19)
  11. 11 Man Gave Names to All the Animals (4:18)
  12. 12 Mudhouse/Gypsy MC (7:00)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Plane
  2. 2 Make It Mine
  3. 3 Geek in the Pink
  4. 4 Dramatica Mujer
  5. 5 The Dynamo of Volition
  6. 6 A Beautiful Mess
  7. 7 If It Kills Me
  8. 8 The Remedy (I Won't Worry)
  9. 9 1000 Things
  10. 10 Live High
  11. 11 Only Human
  12. 12 Butterfly
  13. 13 I'm Yours
  14. 14 No Stopping Us
  15. 15 Fall Through Glass
  16. 16 Outro
  17. 17 Here We Are: A Mraz Documentary
  18. 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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A little different than I was expecting

    I'd heard "Lucky" (the duet w/Colbie Caillait) and "I'm Yours" so I was expecting a lot of low-key, laid-back tracks. Instead, it's really pretty jazzy. It's not bad, I just wasn't really expecting all the swank.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2010

    highly recommended

    I am already reaching the old geezer stage in life but when I discovered a concert of Jason's on TV I became an instant fan. Everything all his fans have said are true, he is amazing. down to earth, great musician great lyrics great attitude. I LOVE him. he is ageless. you go Jason!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Jason Mraz has this ability to bring out the best of yourself. I find myself looking at life in a more positive way because of him.

    This 2 CD/DVD has not left my cd player or dvd player since I purchased it. I recommend that everyone who wants the cd should definitely buy the CD/DVD version. It is so worth every dime, I would've paid more for it. Every song on the cd is so unique and different. He makes you laugh. He makes you smile through your tears. He's sexual in a way that doesn't offend you, yet you find yourself thinking "wow this song is hot!" He doesn't use dirty words. And he is just so cute with his voice. And then the 2nd cd are all songs from live shows - he should never put down his guitar!!

    On the DVD you get a full live concert and then you can watch a documentary of him in Europe and see him perform in different places (like he put on a mini concert in someones backyard with just the persons friends and family). He documents everything too (either through video cameras or polaroid pictures or funny stories).. Because of him, I now take polaroid pictures. He says everyone is so quick to judge a digital picture these days and its too easy to just delete it and take another. Everyone should be a little more like Jason Mraz - I believe the world would be a happier place! seriously!!

    You learn unique little things about him in the dvd (like he enjoys learning magic and likes to juggle). He makes you want to be happy and enjoy the things around you like the way he does. He is unlike any other artist out there.. You can't label him. I find myself thinking "What would Jason do?" haha. He finds peace within himself and I feel that he's not so out of reach the way other artists make themselves. As in.. he is down on the ground with the rest of us while other celebs are sitting up high and out of reach on their pedastals. His songs calm you down and relax you as well.. You will never see him upset, or complaining, or wishing for something different. You forget you don't actually know him even though you feel like you do.

    You also get a little preview of his book called "A Thousand Things" and its all of his polaroid pictures he's taken.. its so awesome!!

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