Ordinary Jason, Extraordinary Album

By Simphathisiwe Sibeko

We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things is the third studio album by Jason Mraz. Released in May of 2008, it has managed to remain the
favourite of many, even two years later. The album is written with reference to a piece of artwork by David Shrigley which caught Jason’s eye while he travelled through Scotland. The album has sold more than 2 million albums worldwide.

This album comprises of 11 songs ranging from very relaxed and slow songs to relatively fast and upbeat songs, starting with a song entitled Make It Mine, a song which is a mixture of relaxed “Sunday music” and band music you are likely to hear at a concert. This song sets the tone for the rest of the album as it is very upbeat and makes use of trumpets, trombones the tambourine, piano and guitar, amongst
other instruments. This collaboration of instruments links the album as a whole because the album is a collaboration of several genres. It
also brings the words of the song to life and even agrees with the title, giving the listener the impression that he/she too can make this song theirs. The second and most popular song on the album, I’m Yours, features Colbie Caillat, an American singer and guitarist whose voice works beautifully with Jason Mraz’s own.

We Sing, We Dance, We Steal makes for a good listen because of its variety. This same variety makes it easier for the album to appeal to
a broader range of audience. It manages to balance instruments and vocals without one drowning the other out. In short, there is  something for everyone in this album. Despite all its successes, Love For A Child is a great disappointment. This song seems to be lost, finding itself in the wrong album, within the wrong genre, sung by the wrong artist. Its hard to focus on the lyrics because the extremely slow tempo comes as a shock after the general tempo of the rest of the album. Perhaps were this song put into another album it would work better. Variety is good, but this is an example of when too much variety does not work.

.Based on this album alone, it is safe to say that Jason Mraz is yet to take the world by storm and leave us all in awe and begging for more hits which will ring in our heads long after the record has stopped playing. More collaborations could also count in his favour because he works well with other artists and it appears he can blend into any genre whatsoever. With a motto like, “What a lovely day to have a slice of humble pie”, there is no doubt that he is going far.

Being a lazy Sunday person myself, We Sing, We Dance, We Steal, is definitely the sound I would love to wake up hearing on Sunday morning, not for too many Sundays in a row, however- all things in moderation.

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