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4.0 out of 5 stars Rocket should ensure Mraz's career takes off, 23 Aug 2004
This review is from: Waiting For My Rocket To Come (Audio CD)
If the soulful, soft strumming of Damien Rice is a little too boring for you, the hit-destined hooks of Kristian Leontiou a little too poppy, or the high-pitched crooning of female acoustic peers Michelle Branch and Dido a little too sweet on the ear, then look no further than Jason Mraz to fill that musical gap.
With a Czech surname meaning "snow" and the looks of a slightly malnourished Hugh Grant, Mraz certainly stands out from the "bland"-tagged acoustic singer-songwriter crowd. However despite these minor pronunciation and appearance-related drawbacks, he also certainly knows how to create one hell of an album!
Opener "You And I Both" gives a good, all-round first impression of what's in store, displaying Mraz's pleasant vocal ability, clear talent on his adopted instrument and, most prominently, his ingenius use of lyrics. It is this that places "Waiting..." on a pedestal high above its chart contemporaries.
Inevitably, there are both highlights and lowlights throughout the record. Thankfully, though, there are more of the former. Lead single "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)" bounces and shines its way to a thoroughly uplifting climax, helping you pretend you're roaring down a sunny Californian road in a plush convertibale with the stereo blasting, and not in fact sitting next to a smelly man on a rickety old bus. Elsewhere "I'll Do Anything" conveys Mraz's enjoyment for songwriting, with notably humerous lyrics. "Curbside Prophet" is his personal theme tune, while "Too Much Food"'s addictively bizarre lyrics ("Livin' in a fast food bag makin' friends with the ketchup and salt") cry out to be listened to over and over again till you're comfortably full.
Some of the slower moments of the album, e.g. "Sleep All Day" are outstrummed by the tracks mentioned above at first, and it is all to tempting to skip some songs for second helpings of "...Food," but over time they too start to shine, and you really appreciate the likes of album finale "Tonight, Not Again."
So, if you're looking for something new and exhilarating to get into music-wise, Jason Mraz is bound to satisfy. He's got the remedy, he's got too much food, he's got everything you could want really.
Except that rocket perhaps, but it shouldn't be long before it arrives and blasts him off to super-stardom.
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