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We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. (Deluxe)

Jason Mraz

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Obsessed with carnality as he is, it was only a matter of time before Jason Mraz realized that it's better to sound sexy than to blather about it incessantly. This monumental moment arrives on his third album, We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things, easily his sleekest collection of sounds and his only album to contain a suggestion of seduction within its grooves. Actually, We Sing is Mraz's only album to actually groove, as he sets down his acoustic guitar for much of the album and rides along on smooth rhythms partially indebted to '80s blue-eyed soul by Hall & Oates and Steve Winwood -- in that sense, the album recalls John Mayer's Continuum -- but he relies more heavily on Thriller, mixing it up with some modern neo-soul that gives this a surprisingly soulful sound. Mraz can glide on these surfaces, leaning on the gentle art of insinuation instead of goosing his paramour, but old habits die hard: it's only a matter of time before he punctures the seduction by scatting sophomorically, slipping in juvenile come-ons ("You make my slacks tight"), or stuttering manic syncopations on "The Dynamo of Volition." Mraz is also prone to terminal cuteness, drafting in a kids chorus to close out the coda of "Coyotes" and mewling out phrases like "always a goody doer," and while these are often so close-miked and forthright they're hard to ignore, they're also just not as prevalent as they were on the icky Mr. A-Z. Also, they're cleverly camouflaged beneath that gossamer gloss, typified by the quite catchy "Butterfly," whose Quincy Jones-styled horns disguise his mildly queasy oral sex puns. Mraz's lyrics don't stand up to such close scrutiny -- something the McCartney-esque, perhaps autobiographical divorce ballad "Love for a Child" ("Was it my mom who put dad out on his ass/Or the other way around") makes plain -- but the nice thing about the soulful shimmer of We Sing is that it's so slick that it's easy to ignore the gibberish spilling out of Mraz's mouth and just enjoy the sunny, easy sound.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Make It Mine
00:03:07

Luke Potashnick, Guitar - Jason Mraz, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Carlos Sosa, Saxophone - Karl Brazil, Drums - MC Flow, Background Vocals - Martin Terefe, Bass - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Keyboards - Toca Rivera, Background Vocals

2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved. 2008 Atlantic Recording Coporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved.

2
I'm Yours
00:04:02

Jason Mraz, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Martin Terefe, Producer, Piano, Bass - Kristoffer Sonne, Drums - Nikolaj Torp, Electric Piano

2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved. 2008 WEA International Inc

3
Lucky
00:03:11

Jason Mraz, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Martin Terefe, Piano, Bass - Colbie Caillat, Composer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Kristoffer Sonne, Drums - Timothy Fagan, Composer, Writer

2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved. 2008 Atlantic Recording Coporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved.

4
Butterfly
00:04:59

Luke Potashnick, Guitar - Jason Mraz, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Karl Brazil, Drums - Martin Terefe, Bass - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Keyboards

2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved. 2008 Atlantic Recording Coporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved.

5
Live High
00:04:14

Luke Potashnick, Guitar - Jason Mraz, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Carlos Sosa, Saxophone - Karl Brazil, Drums - Martin Terefe, Bass - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Keyboards - Fernie Castillo, Trumpet - Ralo Vallejo, Trombone

2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved. 2008 Atlantic Recording Coporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved.

6
Love for a Child
00:04:04

Kristin Wilkinson, Viola - Luke Potashnick, Guitar - Jason Mraz, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Martin Terefe, Drums, Writer, Bass - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Keyboards - DAVID DAVIDSON, Violin - David Angell, Violin - SACHA SKARBEK, Piano, Writer - John Catchings, Cello

2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved. 2008 Atlantic Recording Coporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved.

7
Details in the Fabric (feat. James Morrison)
00:05:45

Dan Wilson, Writer - Jason Mraz, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Keyboards - James Morrison, FeaturedArtist

2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved. 2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved.

8
Coyotes
00:03:38

Luke Potashnick, Guitar - Jason Mraz, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Martin Terefe, Additional Vocals, Bass - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Keyboards, Additional Vocals - Toca Rivera, Horn, Background Vocals - Choir, Additional Vocals - Kristoffer Sonne, Drums - Aaron Leibowitz, Saxophone - Andreas Olssen, Synthesiser - Ben Adamson, Trumpet

2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved. 2008 Atlantic Recording Coporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved.

9
Only Human
00:04:02

Jason Mraz, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Martin Terefe, Bass - SACHA SKARBEK, Keyboards, Writer - Kristoffer Sonne, Drums - Ian Sheridan, Bass - Fernie Castillo, Trumpet - Ralo Vallejo, Trombone - Carlos Soso, Saxophone

2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved. 2008 Atlantic Recording Coporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved.

10
The Dynamo of Volition
00:03:36

Luke Potashnick, Guitar - Jason Mraz, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Karl Brazil, Drums - Martin Terefe, Bass - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Keyboards - Andreas Olssen, Contributor

2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved. 2008 Atlantic Recording Coporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved.

11
If It Kills Me
00:04:33

Jason Mraz, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Martin Terefe, Drums, Writer, Bass - DAVID DAVIDSON, Violin - David Angell, Violin - SACHA SKARBEK, Writer - Nikolaj Trop Larsen, Keyboards

2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved. 2008 Atlantic Recording Coporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved.

12
A Beautiful Mess
00:05:37

Jason Mraz, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Martin Terefe, Bass - Toca Rivera, Background Vocals - Kristoffer Sonne, Drums - Alxis Fedorowich, Background Vocals - Becky Gebhardt, Writer - Bushwalla, Backing Vocals - Chaska Potter, Writer - June Tomes, Background Vocals - Keith Nichols, Cello - Keith Wilkinson, Viola - Mai Bloomfield, Writer - Mona Tavakoli, Writer - Tricia Huffman, Background Vocals

2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved. 2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved.

13
I'm Yours From the Casa Nova Sessions
00:04:47

Jason Mraz, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Toca Rivera, Backing Vocals

2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved. 2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved.

14
Live High From an Avocado Salad Session
00:04:01

Jason Mraz, Composer, Lyricist, Drums, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Bass, MainArtist

2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved. 2008 Atlantic Recording Coporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved.

15
If It Kills Me From the Casa Nova Sessions
00:05:00

Jason Mraz, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Martin Terefe, Writer - Toca Rivera, Percussion, Backing Vocals - SACHA SKARBEK, Writer - Ian Sheridan, Bass

2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved. 2008 Atlantic Recording Coporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved.

16
A Beautiful Mess From a Raining Jane Sessions
00:05:17

Jason Mraz, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Toca Rivera, Backing Vocals - Becky Gebhardt, Writer, Bass - Chaska Potter, Backing Vocals, Writer - Mai Bloomfield, Cello, Backing Vocals, Writer - Mona Tavakoli, Drums, Backing Vocals, Writer

2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved. 2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved.

17
Make It Mine From the Casa Nova Sessions
00:03:23

Jason Mraz, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Toca Rivera, Percussion, Vocals - Ian Sheridan, Bass

2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved. 2008 Atlantic Recording Coporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved.

18
Butterfly From the Casa Nova Sessions
00:05:10

Jason Mraz, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Toca Rivera, Percussion, Vocals - Ian Sheridan, Vocals, Bass

2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved. 2008 Atlantic Recording Coporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved.

19
Only Human From the Casa Nova Sessions
00:04:47

Jason Mraz, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Toca Rivera, Percussion - SACHA SKARBEK, Writer - Eric Hinojosa, Piano, Synthesizer - Ian Sheridan, Bass

2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved. 2008 Atlantic Recording Coporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved.

20
The Dynamo of Volition From an All Night Session
00:04:23

Jason Mraz, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Ian Sheridan, Bass - Andreas Olssen, Contributor

2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved. 2008 Atlantic Recording Coporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved.

21
Love for a Child From the Casa Nova Sessions
00:03:53

Jason Mraz, Writer, MainArtist - Martin Terefe, Writer - SACHA SKARBEK, Writer

2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved. 2008 Atlantic Recording Coporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved.

22
Coyotes From for a Girl in New York Sessions
00:04:19

Jason Mraz, Writer, MainArtist

2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved. 2008 Atlantic Recording Coporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved.

23
Man Gave Names to All the Animals From the Gospel Collection Sessions
00:04:18

Jason Mraz, Drums, Engineer, Percussion, Vocals, MainArtist - Bob Dylan, Writer - Eric Hinojosa, Keyboards - Ian Sheridan, Bass - Andy Powers, Electric Guitar

2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved. 2008 Atlantic Recording Coporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved.

24
Mudhouse / Gypsy MC Live from Amsterdam
00:06:59

Jason Mraz, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - B. Schneider, Writer

2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved. 2008 Atlantic Recording Coporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved.

Album Description

Obsessed with carnality as he is, it was only a matter of time before Jason Mraz realized that it's better to sound sexy than to blather about it incessantly. This monumental moment arrives on his third album, We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things, easily his sleekest collection of sounds and his only album to contain a suggestion of seduction within its grooves. Actually, We Sing is Mraz's only album to actually groove, as he sets down his acoustic guitar for much of the album and rides along on smooth rhythms partially indebted to '80s blue-eyed soul by Hall & Oates and Steve Winwood -- in that sense, the album recalls John Mayer's Continuum -- but he relies more heavily on Thriller, mixing it up with some modern neo-soul that gives this a surprisingly soulful sound. Mraz can glide on these surfaces, leaning on the gentle art of insinuation instead of goosing his paramour, but old habits die hard: it's only a matter of time before he punctures the seduction by scatting sophomorically, slipping in juvenile come-ons ("You make my slacks tight"), or stuttering manic syncopations on "The Dynamo of Volition." Mraz is also prone to terminal cuteness, drafting in a kids chorus to close out the coda of "Coyotes" and mewling out phrases like "always a goody doer," and while these are often so close-miked and forthright they're hard to ignore, they're also just not as prevalent as they were on the icky Mr. A-Z. Also, they're cleverly camouflaged beneath that gossamer gloss, typified by the quite catchy "Butterfly," whose Quincy Jones-styled horns disguise his mildly queasy oral sex puns. Mraz's lyrics don't stand up to such close scrutiny -- something the McCartney-esque, perhaps autobiographical divorce ballad "Love for a Child" ("Was it my mom who put dad out on his ass/Or the other way around") makes plain -- but the nice thing about the soulful shimmer of We Sing is that it's so slick that it's easy to ignore the gibberish spilling out of Mraz's mouth and just enjoy the sunny, easy sound.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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