Jason Mraz
Live in Java Joe's


5.0
classic

Review

by zeppelinUSA USER (6 Reviews)
September 21st, 2009 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Jason Mraz takes what we already love about the genre, adds his excellent writing ability, a dash of jazz, and the result is Live at Java Joe’s.

There must be a reason that, at the time of this review, this album has only 4 ratings, and they are all 5’s. I think that many users on Sputnik ignore Jason Mraz because of his mainstream success. While his new album may be garbage, this one was recorded while he was still playing the good ol’ coffeehouse circuits. Prior to this album, Mraz cut his teeth in the music business busking in New York and then San Diego. Live at Java Joe’s was recorded at the San Diego coffeehouse with the same name in 2001. Featuring Toca Rivera on percussion and background vocals, this album captures Mraz’s live show and extraordinary songwriting and performing ability.

The first thing that sticks out while listening to the music is Mraz’s voice. He has one of the best voices around, with great range, and he shows it off without being a showoff. He also makes excellent use of mixing vocal rhythms with his guitar playing, as heard on “Did I Fool Ya"” and “Little You & I”. Lyrically, Mraz is solid but not groundbreaking. His lyrics are often witty and reflective, and many different moods are presented. Sad and despondent on “Halfway Home”, love on “You & I Both”, “Bright Eyes”, and “Hey Love”, to name a few, and the triviality of society on “Zero Percent”.

The instrumentation is also flawless on the album. This album has the best of both worlds: the intimacy and rawness of a live album and also perfect playing and studio-like sound quality of, well, a studio album. Jason is a very competent guitar player, and Toca Rivera is no pushover on drums. The songwriting is another strong suit of Jason’s. Although the genre of acoustic singer-songwriter is not exactly brimming with new ideas, Mraz takes what we already love about the genre, adds his excellent writing ability, a dash of jazz, and the result is Live at Java Joe’s. The only flaw I can see in this album is some repetitiveness, but if it’s not broken, why fix it"

As you can see, I love this album. In fact, I think it deserves the classic 5/5 rating. I can listen to this album in any mood, and it fits well. Live at Java Joe’s is a diamond in the rough of the singer-songwriter genre.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
zeppelinUSA
September 21st 2009


299 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'd appreciate comments, I'm just starting to review so yeah. Everyone should check out this album, it's really fun to listen to.

AtavanHalen
September 21st 2009


17920 Comments


A few things. Firstly, paragraphs. Secondly, it's too short. Thirdly, don't refer to Sputnik or yourself (I, me, my) in your reviews.
I'd also recommend making your points slightly more focused, this review is pretty all over the place.

Hate Mraz, for the record.

zeppelinUSA
September 21st 2009


299 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Btw how do I edit? I must be an idiot.

AtavanHalen
September 21st 2009


17920 Comments


My Profile > Edit My Reviews

thebhoy
Emeritus
September 21st 2009


4463 Comments


to expand on Atavan's point. It's okay to refer to yourself, however avoid things like, "I love this album".

Nothing Jason Mraz has ever done deserves a 5 but whatever, that's besides the point. If you rate something a 5 you have more reasons then you put in there. And for the record, what does a dash of jazz mean? I find when people say that kind of thing they have no idea what they're talking about, but I haven't heard this so I'm just interested.

Douglas
September 21st 2009


9291 Comments


Jason Mraz couldnt handle jazz

Digging: Angie McMahon - Salt

YouAreMySilence
September 22nd 2009


3727 Comments


No way anything this guy will ever do will be classic.

AtavanHalen
September 22nd 2009


17920 Comments


^ This.

Also, guy has either fucked off or is ignoring us.

EasternLight
September 22nd 2009


2710 Comments


not quite classic, but good review.

But the dude lipsynchs, so fuck him.

Waior
September 22nd 2009


11629 Comments


All new Sputnik'rs are overzealous in their initial ratings for things, everybody knows that.

AtavanHalen
September 22nd 2009


17920 Comments


Not rly

zeppelinUSA
September 22nd 2009


299 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Still here boys. Maybe I overrated it by a bit, but I'm guessing that most of you that say he sucks have only heard Im Yours.

AtavanHalen
September 22nd 2009


17920 Comments


How dare you.

zeppelinUSA
September 22nd 2009


299 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ok well the point is that I like it, and you don't. I'm guessing its not a good idea for me to make a lot of the regulars hate me on my 2nd review.

LepreCon
September 22nd 2009


5459 Comments


Jason Mraz.
Live
Rated 5.

Okay


thebhoy
Emeritus
September 22nd 2009


4463 Comments


I never said he sucked, I just think he's incredibly mediocre.

endlessartix
September 22nd 2009


275 Comments


he's incredibly mediocre.


My thoughts exactly.


AtavanHalen
September 22nd 2009


17920 Comments


Are you going to edit this review or not?

thebbqshrimp
September 22nd 2009


1207 Comments


This album rips if for no other reason than his voice. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Jason Mraz has the best male singing voice of any mainstream-successful artist. Truly, truly fantastic.

ziroth
September 22nd 2009


1260 Comments


that song Remedy is awesome



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