Critical Condition: Jason Mraz
Stephen Thomas Erlewine has weighed in with his reaction to the new Jason Mraz record, Mr. A-Z, and he eloquently sums up everything I disliked about the arrogant, self-absorbed lyrics from Mraz' first record.
In case you didn't catch the pun in the title of Jason Mraz's sophomore album, Mr. A-Z, the perpetually sophomoric singer/songwriter repeats it in the chorus of "Wordplay," the first single from this follow-up to his hit 2002 debut, Waiting for My Rocket to Come. It's a play on his last name, which is appropriate, since it not only indicates how self-absorbed Mr. Mraz is, but it's a good match for the dirty joke title of his debut. That's because Jason Mraz is primarily concerned with two things: himself and sex. But even when he's talking about the latter, he fits the former into the equation — "I've been working on getting you off, so get on board," for instance — because he does consider himself to be quite a compelling presence.