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: 05/13/2008
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678994753
catalogNumber: 448508
Rank: 7380

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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