During a recent interview with Jason Mraz, the singer-songwriter told me that his new album is “in alignment with everything else” he has produced, and to expect “more love songs and more good nuggets of wisdom to keep us happy and healthy”.
Oh boy, he wasn’t kidding. Mraz’s music has always been quite positive and happy in nature, but Know., which dropped last Friday, really is overwhelmingly so, almost to the point of self-parody. Not that this is a bad thing though – god knows we need more good vibes to tide us through this increasingly turbulent world.
In this album, Mraz continues in pretty much the same vibe as his previous albums, the last of which was 2014’s Yes!.
Mraz opens the album with Let’s See What The Night Can Do, a sweet, simple love song that doesn’t over-complicate matters (“I wanna get lost with you, and see what it’s like to spend the whole night with you, just you” he sings), then follows it with the hope-filled mantra of Have It All, arguably his catchiest song since I’m Yours.
Another stand-out track is Unlonely, harks back to Mraz’s early pseudo-rap tunes like The Remedy or Curbside Prophet; while second single Might As Well Dance is another fun foot-tapping number that warrants repeated listens.
The familiar-but-not-quite vibe throughout the album works for the most part, but not all the time – More Than Friends, featuring Meghan Trainor, is not as memorable as, say, Lucky (his hit duet with Colbie Callet), while Love Is Still The Answer probably pushes the whole positive vibe a little bit too far.
All in all, if you’re a fan of Mraz in the first place, you’ll definitely enjoy this album. If you’re just a casual listener, however, the overly feel-good vibe might be a little tiresome to bear after a couple of spins.