Waiting for My Rocket to Come
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|8. Absolutely Zero|
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|11. The Boy's Gone|
|12. "Tonight, Not Again"|
2002 debut album packed with witty, wordy, smart, funky & astonishingly catchy pop songs that do right by the best singer-songwriter traditions of Elektra.
Virginia exile Jason Mraz grew up listening to Dave Matthews and Agents of Good Roots, local heroes whose frat-friendly influences are much in evidence on his major-label debut. Producer John Alagia (Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer) augments Mraz's SoCal cohorts with Agents' rhythm section, dramatically expanding and polishing songs like "Curbside Prophet" and "You and I Both," which previously appeared in looser, less developed versions on Mraz's self-released live recordings. But fans from the singer-songwriter's coffeehouse years need not despair. Mraz's witty lyrics and easygoing folk-blues stylings (think Jack Johnson on Prozac) are still very much in evidence. He's also in fine voice and, on two standout tracks--"Who Needs Shelter" and "Absolutely Zero"--rivals Neil Finn in his ability to invoke the spirit of Paul McCartney. Waiting for My Rocket to Come showcases an artist who, while still finding his own direction, is clearly off to a great start. --Bill Forman
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i was skeptical when i heard 'the remedy'. i thought that it was a poor choice for a lead single, but apparently i was wrong cause that single did amazingly on the charts. i was annoyed at the mesh hat, vintage t-shirt and blazer from the video. the slippers just put me over the edge, they were too much. it seemed like a gimmic and it overshadowed what was, yet again, a solid pop song. so i skipped this album.
fast forward a few months, to a late night vh1 viewing of 'insomniac'...in which i litterally was suffering from insomnia. out of no where, mr. mraz comes dancing and singing his way through an amazing video and an equally amazing song. 'you & i both' quickly garnered my respect and allowed me to forget about the slippers. now, while the singles from 'waiting for my rocket to come' are a class above some of the songs on this album, that by no means that the others are fillers.
an interesting read is jason mraz's weblog...it kind of makes you appreciate his simple song writing a whole lot more. i expect a more mature album from him next time around, he'll get more freedom from the label. i expect him to veer more in the direction of blue-eyed son's 'west of lincoln' (brief aside: many of you may not know this album, but people thinking about mraz' debut should also check out blue-eyed son's debut album...Read more ›
That being said, this is a fantastic CD, and if Mraz is able to avoid the commercialization that can come with his (lack of a band) in the future, I predict he will have a very fruitful career. I have flipped this disc for at least a few months straight, and it still enters the CD player every now and again (I will never tire of "Tonight, Not Again" - Its simply an amazing song) and strongly recommend this disc to anyone who is looking for something new. There is enough variety on this disc to keep you interested, and the recordings are clean - and dynamic. I give it a 8 out of 10 for crankibility!
It's hard to label "Waiting For My Rocket to Come" in one particular genre. From the guitar driven "You And I Both" to the freestylin' hip hop/country sounds of "Curbside Prophet," each song brings a different type of music to the table. Not one song sounds the same to anything out there in todays pop culture which makes Mr. Mraz original and fun to listen and watch.
Some of the highlight tracks include the first single that introduced us to this talented guy, "The Remedy".The slower tracks ("Who Needs Shelter" and "Absoutely Zero") also make a lasting impression on this mostly upbeat and fun album. "Curbside Prophet" the latest single to emerge from the box office hit "New York Minute" puts a new sound out there for the world to hear.
Overall, Jason Mraz brings originality back to music. This album is worth purchasing. Not everybody may understand it and although it make take a few spins to truly enjoy, don't pass this up.
As a musician, and a singer myself, I feel justified in saying what an amazing talent this guy has. What a voice! It's just beautiful...there's such a great sexual power in a man who can sing well. But surprise! Mraz is also an EXCELLENT lyricist as well. In fact, some of the words are just so amazing, i can't believe they are songs! "You and I both" is probably the most beautiful song I've ever heard. His style is quite unusal, almost like if rap flowing was sung. Thats about the closest example I can think of. It's also nice to hear the great fusion of styles present in this record. You can hear a little jazz, a little blues, a little pop, and even a little country in the occasional guitar twangy, not to mention the word "ya'll" in "Curbside Prophet". TO me it sounds like Jack Johnson meets John Mayer with a little Dave Matthews for nice flava...but it's more unique than can be explained here.
How much do I love this guy's music? While I was studying for my finals and writing final essarys for all of my classes, I had to finally to sell a book in order to get the money to buy this CD. Because I was having trouble finding the music on any radio stations online and because I wasn't getting any studying done because I was constantly looking for this music, I bought the CD because I wasn't getting any studying done at all. I'm much happier now! And my grades are better too!
If you really love this music, go to Launch.com and watch Jason Mraz sing "The Rainbow Connection". The Muppets never seemed so sexy.
Most recent customer reviews
What can I say...after I saw Jason Mraz in concert, that was it - the moment I knew I had seen an amazing artist and I was in love. Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2011 by Selena Halasz
I had this album for over a year and this definitely had become my default music when I go to sleep and I ended up singing along instead. Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2004 by bookworm
Before purchasing this cd I read alot of reviews talking about how Jason Mraz was a combination of Dave Matthews and others. He is not. He's not even close. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by G. H. Avery
I really didn't even like "The Remedy" when it was getting lots of radio play, so what posessed me to pick up this CD I'll never know. Read morePublished on July 16 2004
We heard Jason Mraz on Austin City Limits 11/03, and I ran to the computer to order the CD. Upon the 1st listen, I was thrilled to have found a great new artist. Read morePublished on July 13 2004
It's funny -- I listen to Jason Mraz on my ITunes a lot. And it shocks me to see the "Play Count" for most of his songs heading into the 30s... 40s...50s... Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by J. Mayland
I was inspired to buy this cd after seeing the video for "The Remedy" between episodes of Daria on Noggin, and man, what a pleasant surprise!
This cd never leaves my car. Read more
I have never found a cd where every song is my favorite... Jason Mraz has a unique sound, fun lyrics, and the best part is that he writes them all!!! Read morePublished on July 7 2004
I fell in love with Jason Mraz's voice when I heard 'The Remedy'. This CD is one of my favorites. Jason writes a 12 fantastic songs, each one having a totally different style. Read morePublished on June 24 2004