Artist: Jason Mraz

Title: Look For The Good

Label/Management: BMG

Rating: 8/10

Words: Josh Abraham

Jason Mraz has returned with a feel-good album, Look For The Good ,that brings that element of looking for the good in everyone, even in these dark times Jason Mraz is bringing people together when it is much needed.This twelve- track album is lengthy with the majority of tracks being five minutes long, but each track is worth every second where the mixture of reggae tones and cool, chilled vocals collide together for a joyful listen.  

Throughout the album there is a lot of loving lyricism and the occasional feature, the features vary from legends such as Jamacian born singer Sister Carol to another legend that is Tiffany Haddish

Whether it’s tracks like ‘Make Love’ or the albums namesake ‘Look For The Good’, this album kicks off with an immediate love for the reggae genre, with instruments, harmonies and vocals coming together to create something unique.  Mraz has always had love for the genre,  even going back to his most famous of tracks ‘I’m Yours’ and putting a reggae spine on a pop infused track that everyone across the world knows the lyrics to.

As we move down the reggae rollercoaster to tracks like ‘My Kind’ there are little elements of soul at the start of tracks, but then it swiftly moves to the fast paced lyricism and heavy-hitting brass that creates a vibe so good that it makes any listener want more.  Throughout the album there is a lot of loving lyricism and the occasional feature, the features vary from legends such as Jamacian born singer Sister Carol to another legend that is Tiffany Haddish, which was a surprise but her feature on ‘You Do You’ compliments Mraz’ vocals as Haddish celebrates the women around her in her writing on this track, but in ‘You Do You’ it should be noted that this track is all about two people making harmony and these two absolutely make harmony, even with Haddish’s ‘That’s what I’m talking about, do you!’ comment at the end of the track.

Mraz can create pop, reggae and many more different albums and still kill it on every new bit of music

Spicing things up in the album we have the moments which is just Mraz’s vocals and an electric guitar or a keyboard, tracks like ‘Take The Music’ keep the feel-good feeling going. However, when it comes to Sister Carol’s feature on ‘Time Out’ it’s a mixture of soulful vocals just from Sister Carol at the start with a keyboard isolated so the listener can appreciate the vocalist as well as Mraz giving Sister Carol a major role in producing ear-candy vocals that truly allow anyone to take some time out.

‘Music is my qualification’ is a lyric in the track ‘DJ FM AM JJASON’ that summarises the talented artist fully.  Mraz can create pop, reggae and many more different albums and still kill it on every new bit of music.  It’s the reason why the American singer-songwriter has been in the industry for so long, he adapts to different genres and helps create smiles everywhere he goes.

As we come to the last three tracks of the album there is a definite change of pace from the start of the album.  There is a more prominent feature of the electric guitar than previously, but as we come to the seven minute track ‘Gratitude’ there are funny lyrics such as ‘I thank the boys who kicked my ass when I was seventeen’ as he feels grateful for the life he has.  This is the beauty of this album, it’s full of joy, gratefulness and all round feel-good time that is needed right now.     

Look For The Good is out now via BMG

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