We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.

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We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.
Studio album by Jason Mraz
Released May 13, 2008
Recorded 2007–2008 at:
Kensaltown Recording Studios
(London, England)
Little Big Sound Studio
(Nashville, TN, USA)
Casa Nova Studio
(Oceanside, CA)
Genre Pop rock[1]
Length 50:49
Label Atlantic
Producer Martin Terefe
Jason Mraz chronology
We Steal Things.
(2008)
We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.
(2008)
Beautiful Mess: Live on Earth
(2009)
Singles from We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.
  1. "I'm Yours"
    Released: February 12, 2008
  2. "Make It Mine"
    Released: August 8, 2008
  3. "Lucky"
    Released: January 2009
Alternative cover
Limited edition cover

We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. is the third studio album by Jason Mraz released on May 13, 2008.[2] The album peaked at number three in the Billboard 200, making it Mraz's highest-peaking album at the time. Mraz took the name of the album from a work by artist David Shrigley.[3]

Background and production[edit]

Progress of the recording of the album has been documented on the YouTube series "Crazy Man's Ju-ju" which contain clips from San Diego and London, where most of the album was formed. "I'm Yours" is the first single from the album and was made available on iTunes, Zune Marketplace, and Amazon.com on February 12, 2008. The album features collaborations with James Morrison on the track "Details in the Fabric" and with Colbie Caillat[4] on the track "Lucky."

The album was preceded by three EPs released monthly for a limited time. We Sing. was released on March 18. We Dance. was released on April 15. The third installment, We Steal Things., was released as part of a digital bundle through iTunes, JasonMraz.com, and AtlanticRecords.com upon the release of the album. The third EP was only released along with the new studio album May 13, 2008.[5] As of March 17, 2010 the album has sold 1,491,736 copies in the U.S. and was certified Platinum by the RIAA.

On November 18, 2008, the album was re-released with the name We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. Limited Edition. The re-released album is a three disc set that includes the original 12-track CD, the second disc includes the three EPs all on one disc, and the third DVD includes an unreleased full-band concert Live at the Highline Ballroom in NYC, a 30-minute documentary titled "Here We Are," and a preview to his "a thousand things." polaroid book. The packaging also includes a 20-page CD booklet with full lyrics and additional artwork.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Make It Mine"   Jason Mraz 3:08
2. "I'm Yours"   Jason Mraz 4:02
3. "Lucky" (with Colbie Caillat) Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat, Timothy Fagan 3:09
4. "Butterfly"   Jason Mraz 5:00
5. "Live High"   Jason Mraz 4:12
6. "Love for a Child"   Jason Mraz, Martin Terefe, Sacha Skarbek 4:05
7. "Details in the Fabric" (feat. James Morrison) Jason Mraz, Dan Wilson 5:45
8. "Coyotes"   Jason Mraz 3:38
9. "Only Human"   Jason Mraz, Sacha Skarbek 4:02
10. "The Dynamo of Volition"   Jason Mraz 3:36
11. "If It Kills Me"   Jason Mraz, Martin Terefe, Sacha Skarbek 4:33
12. "A Beautiful Mess"   Jason Mraz, Mona Tavakoli, Chaska Potter, Mai Bloomfield, Becky Gebhardt 5:37

The Latin American and Spanish re-release of the album includes a Spanish version of the song Lucky which was recorded by Mraz and Mexican singer Ximena Sariñana.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[7]
Billboard (positive)[8]
Blender 2.5/5 stars[9]
Dot Music 2/5 stars[10]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[11]
PopMatters (7/10)[12]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[13]
Sputnikmusic 3/5 stars[14]
The Big Issue 1/5 stars[15]
The Boston Globe (positive)[16]

The album overall, gained mixed to positive reviews. Commenting on the album's "pleasantly lightweight jams", "beachy guitars", "R&B horns" and "playful scat singing", Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B+.[17] In an overall positive review, Billboard said "Mraz emerges even bolder than before on an album loaded with strings, horns, formidable grooves and a dozen songs dripping with mantra-like positivity."[18]

Allmusic said that "The nice thing about the soulful shimmer of We Sing is that it's so slick that it's easy to ignore the gibberish spilling out of Mraz's mouth and just enjoy the sunny, easy sound".[19]

PopMatters wrote that "The album sounds great, and Mraz knows what he is up to. Less clear, I think, is whether the razzle-dazzle wordsmith who loves his Eminem records is ready to truly enter the marketplace as a serious vocalist and a sober songwriter", giving the album a positive rating of seven out of ten overall.[20]

Giving the album two-and-a-half out of five stars, Blender concluded that whether "Pondering his parents divorce or describing intricate and delicate sex acts, Mraz's tasty tenor remains a modestly classy pleasure. But he's lost crucial cool."[21]

Even less flattering, Uncut magazine said that "Listening to [the album] is like being followed home by a puppy— initially cute and guilelessly affecting, but rapidly irritating".[22] Writing for The Big Issue in December 2008, Lianne Steinberg stated that "listening to this album is akin to being woken from a comfortable deep sleep by a circus clown with a water pistol full of warm urine", singling out the "terrible lyrics and hamfisted rhymes" for their "hilarity".[15]

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Argentina Albums Chart[23] 18
Australian Albums Chart[24] 3
Belgian Albums Charts (Wallonia)[25] 15
French Albums Chart[26] 6
Spanish Albums Charts[27] 9
U.S. Billboard 200[28] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Position
Austrian Albums Chart[29] 64
Chart (2009) Position
Swiss Albums Chart[30] 67

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[31] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[32] 2× Platinum 160,000^
France (SNEP)[33] 3× Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[34] Gold 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[35] Gold 7,500^
Sweden (GLF)[36] Gold 20,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[37] Gold 15,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[38] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[39] Platinum 1,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[40] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "((( We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things )))". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 25, 2009. 
  2. ^ Jasonmraz.com – We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things Jason Mraz Official Store Pre-Order
  3. ^ Blair, Tom (November 2008). San Diego Magazine. CurtCo/SDM LLC. p. 46. 
  4. ^ iTunesLive – iTunesLive London Sessions
  5. ^ Via Atlantic Records – Jason Mraz releases/Tour talk!
  6. ^ "Graba Ximena Sariñana video de la suerte". esmas. May 22, 2009. Retrieved May 28, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Allmusic review". 
  8. ^ "Billboard review". 
  9. ^ "Blender review". 
  10. ^ "Dot Music review". 
  11. ^ "Entertainment Weekly review". May 9, 2008. 
  12. ^ "PopMatters review". 
  13. ^ "Slant Magazine review". 
  14. ^ "Sputnikmusic review". 
  15. ^ a b Steinberg, Lianne. "Review: JASON MRAZ – We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things (Atlantic Records)". The Big Issue in the North (The Big Life Company) (753, December 23-January 4, 2009): 25. 
  16. ^ "The Boston Globe review". May 20, 2008. 
  17. ^ Wood, Mikael (May 9, 2008) "We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things". Entertainment Weekly. (Retrieved 2009-01-13)
  18. ^ Graff, Gary (May 24, 2008), "News". Billboard. (Retrieved 2009-01-13)
  19. ^ [1]. All Music Guide. (Retrieved 2009-01-13)
  20. ^ PopMatters Review.
  21. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 2008), "Conservatory-trained one-hit marvel aims for another hit by emphasizing the obvious". Blender. :75 (Retrieved 2009-01-13)
  22. ^ Byline unknown (July 2008), [2]. Uncut. :104 (accessed 2009-01-13)
  23. ^ "Representando a la Industria Argentina de la Música". CAPIF. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  24. ^ "ARIA Chart". Retrieved May 27, 2008. 
  25. ^ "Jason Mraz – We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  26. ^ "Tops : Britney et Seal conservent leurs places". Chartsinfrance.net. December 23, 2008. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
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  28. ^ Hasty, Katy (May 21, 2008). "Jason Mraz's Atlantic album 'We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things' enters at No. 3 with 73,000". Billboard magazine. Retrieved May 22, 2008. 
  29. ^ http://austriancharts.at/year.asp?id=2008&cat=a
  30. ^ "Swiss Year-End Charts 2009". Media Control. Hung Medien. Retrieved February 6, 2009. 
  31. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2009 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  32. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Jason Mraz – We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things". Music Canada. 
  33. ^ http://www.snepmusique.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Certifications_Albums_2013.pdf
  34. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Jason Mraz; 'We Sing. We Dance. We steal thin.')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  35. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Jason Mraz – We Sing. We Dance. We steal thin.". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. 
  36. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2008" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  37. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Jason Mraz; 'We Sing. We Dance. We steal thin.')". Hung Medien. 
  38. ^ "British album certifications – Jason Mraz – We Sing We Dance We Steal Things". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter We Sing We Dance We Steal Things in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  39. ^ "American album certifications – Jason Mraz – We Sing. We Dance. We steal thin.". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  40. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 2009". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. 

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