Love is a Four Letter Word, the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, aims to “celebrate love in a way that all of us strive to be loved and to love well.â€ Each song methodically details different stages of love in its most pure form, moving away from his original sound from the days of songs like â€œIâ€™m Yoursâ€ or â€œThe Remedyâ€ to a more light-hearted and natural jazz feel.
Mraz pushes a new melody, opening with â€œThe Freedom Song,â€ a cover song â€“ a first for a Mraz album â€“ originally written by Luc Reynaud of Luc & the Lovingtons during the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina. This New Orleans-inspired track will have listeners up on their feet in no time. Keeping the same beat, â€œLiving in The Momentâ€ has a reggae sound and is easily one of the more inspiring tracks on the album with simple-yet-profound lyrics like â€œWherever Iâ€™m going, Iâ€™m already home / Living in the moment.â€
Calming down a bit, â€œThe Woman I Loveâ€ is a beautiful track that truly shows off Mrazâ€™s lyrical talent. For any guy out there trying to impress his lady, this is the song for you. Lead single â€œI Wonâ€™t Give Upâ€ is a very powerful and emotional song. In an interview with Billboard, Mraz explained, â€œRegardless of what happens in this relationship, I don’t have to give up on loving this person, or loving myself, or give up on whatever my dreams are.â€ The next track â€œEverything is Sound (La La La)â€ will remind fans of some of Mrazâ€™s older singles with its catchy choruses, fun melodies, and creative lyrics.
â€œ93 Million Milesâ€ starts off with a very natural sound and builds into a delicate soft rock track before flowing smoothly into â€œFrank D. Fixer.â€ This is a tribute to his grandfather, a charming tune with impeccable high-pitched vocals. The flawless â€œWhoâ€™s Thinking About You Now?â€ was originally an instrumental song for a decade before Mraz decided to write it into a story for this album. The love song â€œIn Your Handsâ€ is elegant and beautiful, easily one of the strongest songs on the album. Finally, listeners get another taste of the raspy sound that fans have come to know Mraz for in â€œBe Honest.â€ He wrote this while visiting Brazil, so donâ€™t be surprised by its beach-inspired feel. â€œThe World As I See Itâ€ is a great closing track for the album, full of Mrazâ€™s trademark upbeat sound sure to put any listener in a great mood.
Jason Mraz has done a remarkable job with Love is a Four Letter Word, delighting listeners from start to finish. Although the album sees him moving in a different direction, each song is carefully crafted layer by layer and repeated listens will bring the stories to life and reveal new meanings. Mraz’s latest effort is another wonderful addition to his discography, perfect for those cloudless summer days when nothing can go wrong.