Mr. A-Z

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Humor meets heart, from A – Z.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Positive role models, for the most part.

Violence

One love song talks about an imagined plane crash, but no violent imagery is involved.

Sex

Some sexual innuendo, nothing explicit.

Language
Consumerism

"Coke" is mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking and smoking mentioned on one song, "Clockwatching."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the lyrics contain just a bit of sexual innuendo mixed in with self-consciously clever wordplay.

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Kid, 11 years old February 3, 2009

hi

Hi this thing was cool....
Kid, 12 years old February 15, 2010

Not as good as his other albums.

Listen to we sing, we dance, we steal things. That album is way better than this one. That album has i'm yours on it.

What's the story?

Densely clever lyrics collide with a variety of musical styles on Jason Mraz's second album, MR. A-Z. The Virginia-born singer-songwriter uses his versatile voice effectively on a dozen tracks that come across sounding carefully produced, well-performed, and introspectively intense.

Is it any good?

There is no doubt that the guy can sing, and it's clear that he crafts his lyrics with attentive care. Producer Steve Lillywhite, who has also worked with U2, Dave Matthews Band, and Peter Gabriel, helps the artist bring out the best in these songs. Surprising musical touches include an operatic interlude on "Mr. Curiosity," gently Latin rhythms on "Bella Luna" and "O Lover," hip-hop/funk on "Geek in the Pink." Jason Mraz's musical-theatre-trained voice is up to every challenge, including an especially lovely duet with Rachael Yamagata on "Did You Get My Message?"

Somehow though, a soft rock/pop sensibility seems to override any and all attempts at rock & roll energy. Despite the impressive ingredients, the end result comes off sounding a little bland. No one song stands out as a hit, and just like in lackluster musical theatre, you won't leave humming the tunes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the various styles influencing the music, from Latin rhythms to jazz to opera.

Music details

  • Artist: Jason Mraz
  • Release date: July 26, 2005
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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