Yes!

Yes!

by Jason MrazJason Mraz

CD

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Overview

The exclamation point that punctuates its title suggests Jason Mraz may be a little enthusiastic on Yes! but that's a feint, hiding how this 2014 record is the next logical step on the singer/songwriter's road of seduction. Gone is the celebrated wordplay, a self-conscious maturation that was perhaps inevitable, but also absent are the smooth soul flourishes of 2012's Love Is a Four Letter Word. Those slow grooves underscored how Mraz embraced his role as a middlebrow make-out king in the wake of the success of "I'm Yours," but Yes! feels like a truer follow-up to that 2009 hit than the 2012 LP because it emphasizes Jason Mraz the sensitive singer/songwriter with an acoustic guitar slung across his shoulders. He flirts with rhythms floating up from the Caribbean, he covers Boyz II Men's "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday," he cops a bit of the Lumineers' big-beat folk stomp, and he strums a ukulele -- but these are all mild, complementary accents to a sun-kissed collection of romantic songs. Mraz doesn't avoid amorous clichés so much as he shamelessly embraces each and every one, addressing songs to a lover who is also his best friend and a "beautiful thing," celebrating long drives and quiet times with the one he loves. Such subjects are a clear indication that Yes! is not a record fueled by the heady rush of love at first sight; it's an album designed to soundtrack a long getaway weekend for a couple already in love.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/2014
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678672538
catalogNumber: 543718
Rank: 105368

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jason Mraz   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Bass
John O'Reilly   Drums
Stewart Myers   Bass
Mike Mogis   Banjo,Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Mellotron,E-bow,Synthesizer Bass
Nate Walcott   Organ,Piano,Wurlitzer
Chris Joyner   Organ,Piano,Tanpura,Drones
Becky Gebhardt   Bass,Sitar,Upright Bass
Mona Tavakoli   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Chaskh Potter   Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals
Ben Brodin   Organ,Percussion,Piano,Drums
Brian Jones   Drums
Andy Powers   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Dobro,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mai Bloomfield   Cello,Glockenspiel,Marimbas,Vocals,Hi String,Papoose
Amber Elliot   Hand Clapping
Ms. Tina   Hand Clapping
Maryann Galewood   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

David Kalish   Engineer
Freddie Perren   Composer
Stewart Myers   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Additional Production
Mike Mogis   Producer,Engineer
Jason Mraz   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Chris Keup   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Additional Production
Justin Hergett   Engineer
Becky Gebhardt   Composer
Mona Tavakoli   Composer
Chaskh Potter   Composer
Colin Killalea   Vocal Arrangements,Inspiration
Mai Bloomfield   Composer
Dan Omelio   Composer
Ammar Malik   Composer
Michael Natter   Composer
Christine Yarian Perren   Composer
Regan Sprenkle   Vocal Arrangements
Nancy Natter   Composer
Jen Rosenstein   Band Photo

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