As I've been listening to the latest album, I've been enjoying it but mainly because I love Jason Mraz's voice, not so much because the songs are awesome. Honestly, they don't blow me away like the previous albums, especially "We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things." The album's more reflective and perhaps after the energy of the ones before, Mraz is due to release something slower. But there's an edge missing from the songs. "Beautiful Mess" is also slower, more reflective but it brings me to another place, another world for 5 minutes and 38 seconds, like I'm on a musical high. When I listen to "1000 Things", I feel like I'm riding a lover's dream sequence. "Absolutely Zero" draws me in to a tortured drama that I want to continually replay. "Sleeping to Dream" and "After an Afternoon" both put me at ease like a fine wine.
Not to say I don't love some of the songs in "Love". I've been thoroughly enjoying "Be Honest" and "I Won't Give Up", grooving to "The Freedom Song" and "Everything is Sound", chilling to "93 Million Miles", being moody with "Who'd Thinking About You Now?" and "In Your Hands". I'm sure that the Sept. 9 concert is going to amazing. I just wish there was a bit more edge to go with "Love".