Love Is a Four Letter Word
Jason Mraz

Love Is a Four Letter Word

Disc review

In an interview in Voir, our sister publication, Jason Mraz confessed that he’s trying to make the same album over and over again. On his fourth, Love Is a Four Letter Word, he almost succeeds at making the exact same album as his breakthrough, 2008′s We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things., the only exception being that, here, the songs aren’t as memorable. Seemingly written in the aftermath of a relationship, this album should bear witness to a person’s low point in life – instead, most of Love is saturated with wide-eyed optimism, showcasing the hippy-isms of Mraz’s spirit ("The world as I see it is a beautiful place," he sings on The World As I See It). Such sentiments often conjure up the musical equivalent of a Chicken Soup for the Soul audiobook, an impression only salvaged by immaculate ballads like the first single, I Won’t Give Up, and the jazz-infused 5/6.

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