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Simple Love

  • Chad Estes Contributing Writer
  • 2012 25 Apr
Simple <i>Love</i>


Artist: Jason Mraz

Title: Love is a Four Letter Word

Label: Atlantic

If you are looking for the lyrics for the 12 new songs from Jason Mraz you won't find them in the CD case or the liner notes. For one thing, you don't really need printed lyrics to understand the songs; Mraz sings his words with simplicity and audible clarity. That doesn't mean that the subject of this album, love, is the easiest to describe. In fact, what is contained in the liner notes is a one sentence quote from Fred Rogers, a gentle teacher of a man who used his real and imaginary neighborhoods to teach several generations of students about life - "Understanding love is one of the hardest things in the world."  

While the title of his fourth studio album is "Love is a Four Letter Word," the cover image uses shapes and colors to form the word love without actually using any letters. Sometimes love is best expressed in shapes and colors with movement and music- in those regards this album is lovely.  

Lyrically, at times, the album is almost too simple as if Mraz tries to play Mr. Rogers on a topic that even Fred himself was hesitant with. Love often bleeds a deeper red than the shade on the cover and the blues surrounding love have a music style of their own.  

Mraz's album is full of bright, summer love. The catchy pop tunes with his beautiful acoustic guitar work and his soft, pleasing voice lighten up even the shadows of romantic disappointment he hints at. The first release off the album, I Won't Give Up, is another cross-genre hit with its deliberate cadence and passion building vocals. It showcases Mraz's talents and will sell many, many sunshine-filled albums.  

Does this record adequately describe love? No, but it gives us a handful of great tunes that we will use as dedications on Delilah's radio show and posted to our boyfriends' and girlfriends' Facebook walls.

*This Article First Published 4/25/2012