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CD Review: Jason Mraz

Love Is a Four Letter Word (Atlantic)

Jason Mraz is like that one dude in the bunch of bros who isn't a total dickhead. While his buddies get a little too loud and obnoxious, Mraz is the guy in the corner sipping his beer and smiling sheepishly, avoiding the stares of offended bystanders. It's exactly those qualities that make him such a likable but somewhat faceless artist. His fourth album — and first since the inescapable "I'm Yours" dominated airwaves in 2008 — features a little bit of everything that's come to define the 34-year-old singer-songwriter: springy acoustic pop, beach-ready sing-alongs, and cutesy folk. But like the "easy and breezy" lifestyle Mraz celebrates in "Living in the Moment," Love Is a Four Letter Word never tries too hard or aims too big, kinda like that forgettable guy in the corner. — Michael Gallucci

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