We Sing We Dance We Steal Things

We Sing We Dance We Steal Things

by Jason MrazJason 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/14/2009
Label: Wea Spain
UPC: 0075678959349
catalogNumber: 7895934
Rank: 2268

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jason Mraz   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Horn Engineer
Keith Nichols   Cello
David Angell   Violin
John Catchings   Cello
David Davidson   Violin
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Jon Hall   Choir, Chorus
Carlos Sosa   Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Tanya Murphy   Choir, Chorus
David Angel   Violin
Martin Terefe   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Choir, Chorus
Sacha Skarbek   Piano
Fernie "Maddog" Castillo   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Track Performer
Benjamin Adamson   Trumpet
Savanna Electra Sparkes   Choir, Chorus
Karl Brazil   Drums
Pete Ibsen   Choir, Chorus
Colbie Caillat   Vocals
Kristoffer Sonne   Drums
Kieran McGuinness   Choir, Chorus
Luke Potashnick   Guitar
Lauren DeRose   Background Vocals
MC Flow   Background Vocals
Voices of Prayze   Choir, Chorus
Julia Cailleteau   Choir, Chorus
Connie Corn   Choir, Chorus
Teymor Gray   Choir, Chorus
Xoreal Harrison   Choir, Chorus
Tricia Huffman   Background Vocals
Justin Kirk   Trombone
Rebecca Lacey   Choir, Chorus
Aaron Leibowitz   Saxophone
Sofia Loopuit   Choir, Chorus
Millet Oliver   Choir, Chorus
Rita Ora   Choir, Chorus
Thomas Picard   Choir, Chorus
Zatac Sylwia   Choir, Chorus
Noah Terefe   Choir, Chorus
Tia Terefe   Choir, Chorus
Tanya Tolver   Choir, Chorus
Chirell Warren   Choir, Chorus
Kiera Zekra   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

David Davidson   String Arrangements
Dan Wilson   Composer
Bill Silva   Management
Martin Terefe   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Sacha Skarbek   Composer
Jason Mraz   Composer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Andreas Olsson   Programming
Dyre Gormsen   Engineer
Greg Gigendad Burke   Art Direction
David Shrigley   Illustrations
Colbie Caillat   Composer
Iain Hill   Engineer
Becky Gebhardt   Composer
Mona Tavakoli   Composer
Timothy Fagan   Composer
Chaskh Potter   Composer
Mai Bloomfield   Composer

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We Sing We Dance We Steal Things 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love listening to this CD, it makes me happy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jason Mraz continues to improve with each release and this is no exception. The CD incorporates as much feeling as his live performances and his talent shines with each song and variation in style. Enjoyed this thoroughly!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this album!!! Jason Mraz mixes his music just perfectly and it totally reminds me of summer. Love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jason Mraz and John Mayer are perhaps the most talented new musicians of the decade. Their songwriting, instrumental proficiency, and lyrical skills stand high above their peers. Unfortunately for Mraz, his second album "Mr. A-Z" was too eclectic and self-congratulating to be enjoyable. His third studio album however, easily stands up to and usually surpasses his successful debut album. The album also includes some great duets with other young promising musicians, including James Morrison.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First off - I love this CD! I have played it countless times since I picked it up the day it was released. I first heard Jason in a Barnes & Noble store in Chicago. They were playing "Mr A-Z"over the sound system and I picked that one up. That quickly became a favorite of mine. And now he has come out with a CD that furthers his talents. And, for me, the biggest drawback is the cover. As a loyal music buyer (I still love to have that plastic disc in my hands) I am attracted by the cover. This one looks juvenile and doesn't help to sell the brilliant music that is enclosed. So if you are considering this CD - go for it. Don't let that cover throw you!
shannonc More than 1 year ago
I love Jason Mraz and this album is just another example of why I love him. His music always puts me in a good mood. I'm Yours is my favorite song of the album, but all of them are very good and I would recommend it to everyone.
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Jason Maraz's music is the best for listening to on long trips. He is really a new sound that I really enjoy!
Suzanne1216 More than 1 year ago
You will love this CD. It has something for everyone. Jason Mraz's lyrics & music are great. I bought a second CD to give as a gift.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Jason Mraz is extremely talented and I think people of all ages would enjoy his music.
Rita_Lott More than 1 year ago
Jason has a cool sound that's all his own. Can't wait to see this summer at Jones beach.
MS3 More than 1 year ago
The song on the commercial made me buy this album, but the album itself has now made me a liftime fan of Jason Mraz. All of the songs are great and there are a few that could be chart toppers. The lyrics are soulful and throughtful and the rhythms bring out the emotional nature of the songs. Now I need to buy the rest of Jason's music.
VickiCA More than 1 year ago
Excellent listening! Lots of fun! Makes ya smile! And makes you want to sing along! I love listening to my grandson who is 11 , sing his heart out along with Jason.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
item shipped quickly and in excellent shape
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cherryred More than 1 year ago
I really am enjoying this CD. I heard Jason first on Saturday Night Live. I went to Barnes and Noble and listened to the sampling of tracks from the CD. Once I got it home and heard the whole CD, I was glad that I purchased it. It is a different type of music then I usually listen to and that is what amazed me so much. When I listen to music, it is not always the words that I am interested in but the band playing the tunes. I will say, I have enjoyed the words and the tunes behind the words. Sometimes, he sounds jazzy and sometimes just fun. I am glad I have discovered Jason Mraz and hope his next CD is as good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This guy is amazing! I hope you enjoy his new CD. I am looking forward to hearing it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jason Mraz has captured the spirit of a true trubador in this CD. His music is easy listening with great lyrics and with a contemporary sound. There is not one song on the album I would not consider buying as a single. Truly and enjoyable listening experience!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do not miss this album. If you like Jason you will LOVE it! If you have never heard Jason....What the Heck are you thinking....BUY THIS ALBUM!!! HE is by far the most talented Musician in the industry right now!
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