Love Is a Four Letter Word

Love Is a Four Letter Word

by Jason MrazJason Mraz
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Underneath his tongue-twisting wordplay, Jason Mraz fancies himself a loverman -- and given that his greatest success came from the sticky sentiment of "I'm Yours," who can blame him for thinking this way? Nevertheless, he's never made a full-blown makeout record until Love Is a Four Letter Word, an album steeped in '70s soul. Mraz doesn't neglect his acoustic guitar nor does he abandon his showy verbal gymnastics, but apart from a cut or two -- including "I Won't Give Up," the album's first single -- they're buried underneath stacks of luxurious strings and thick, insistent grooves, touches that tie the record together with elegance. Mr. A-Z has hinted at soul before but he's never placed music over words, a shift of emphasis that delivers great dividends. He can still be a nasally, hyperactive twit, too eager to succumb to clever-clever puns and quips, but there's an acknowledgment that even if he can't change who he is -- witness the terribly titled "Fred D Fixer," an ode to a grandfather who lived by his hands, not his wits -- he can build upon this foundation. If all he adds is color and flair, not some serious depth, that winds up being enough: by making alterations and affecting his pose, Mraz pushes himself into new territory, creating music that's perilously close to sounding seductive. What holds Love Is a Four Letter Word from actually being seductive is that Mraz seems more lech than Lothario -- there's always a sense that he's around for nothing longer than a night. But, as Love Is a Four Letter Word plays, Mraz can convince you that his pleasures are a bit more than fleeting. It may be a lie, but it sure sounds good as it's told.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/17/2012
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678766664
catalogNumber: 530701
Rank: 76888

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jason Mraz   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Vocals
Paul Bushnell   Bass
Matt Chamberlain   Percussion,Drums
Victor Indrizzo   Percussion
Rick Nowels   Acoustic Guitar
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Gregg Field   Drums
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals
G. Love   Harmonica
C.C. White   Background Vocals
Mike Daly   Acoustic Guitar
Jeff Babko   Keyboards
Justin Meldal-Johnsen   Bass
Valerie Pinkston   Background Vocals
Carlos Sosa   Saxophone
Inara George   Vocals
Reggie Watkins   Trombone
Zac Rae   Keyboards
Amy Keys   Background Vocals
Steve Aho   Vibes
Toca Rivera   Background Vocals
Fernando Castillo   Trumpet

Technical Credits

David Campbell   String Arrangements
Joe Chiccarelli   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
David Davidson   String Arrangements
Mike Daly   Composer
Lars Fox   Engineer
Bill Silva   Management
Martin Terefe   Composer
Sacha Skarbek   Composer
Jason Mraz   Composer
Seth Lichtenstein   Legal Counsel
David Hodges   Composer
Eric Hinojosa   Composer
Matt Hales   Composer
Graham Hope   Engineer
Morgan Stratton   Engineer
Richard Nowels   Composer,Additional Production
Ken Hertz   Legal Counsel
Jeremy Mohr   Legal Counsel
Michael Natter   Composer
Vince Schultz   Management
Philly Brentnall   Management
Patrick Pocklington   Management
Luc Reynaud   Composer
Kristin Wenning   Legal Counsel
Janet Gill   Legal Counsel
Greg Gigen   Art Direction

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