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Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz

Atlantic Records

“Fall out of bed and catch a fading star/Fancy I woke up before my alarm,” Jason Mraz sings over bouncy strumming on “Hello, You Beautiful Thing.” The adult-contemporary singer has won huge success radiating glazed contentment on songs like his reggae-tinged 2008 hit “I’m Yours.” His fifth LP is his most serenely psyched yet, an acoustic set full of bright, clean folk pop delivered with yoga-bro positivity. There’s a somber, nearly a cappella take on the Motown oldie “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” and “Quiet” laments suburban sprawl – but those are rare chin-down moments for a guy who makes Jack Johnson look like Ian Curtis.


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