You can feel the coffehouse atmosphere for which some of the songs on this CD were written for in the tracks on this disk. Personally, I have listened to a few of the songs on Mraz's website from coffeehouse recordings and I would love to hear him live.
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.