Single Review: Jason Mraz
Is it culpable to still like an artist even when he’s ‘sold out’ and his other singles have shifted millions of units?
In the ever-affable Jason Mraz’s case, the answer is still a definitive ‘no’, predominantly because fame came to him after he wrote his latest, chart-smashing album. ‘Make It Mine’, opener to the wildly successful ‘We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things’ does itself a number of favours in ditching the Jack Johnson-esque lullaby feel of recent singles and bringing the fiery horns of his South American backing band to the fore. It helps that the tune is upbeat and funky, something which, prior to the ‘I’m Yours’ juggernaut, was actually Mraz’s forte. There’s even a trombone solo in there, which has got to be some record for most obscure lower brass instrument featured in a pop song.
All in all, it’s difficult to fault Jason Mraz because he lacks the pretention so evident in his peers, despite having the musical skills to surpass them all anyway. His voice is a joy to listen to, and his self-composed love tunes no different. To put it another way; this is the only kind of Top 40 music I’d want my kids listening to.
Jason Mraz: Make It Mine (single) is out now on Warner