Mr. A–Z

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Mr. A–Z
Jason Mraz - Mr. A-Z.jpg
Studio album by Jason Mraz
Released July 26, 2005
Recorded 2004–2005
Studio
Genre
Length 54:25
Label Atlantic
Producer
Jason Mraz chronology
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jason Mraz
(2005)Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jason Mraz2005
Mr. A–Z
(2005)
Geekin' Out Across the Galaxy
(2006)Geekin' Out Across the Galaxy2006
Singles from Break the Cycle
  1. "Wordplay"
    Released: May 29, 2005
  2. "Geek in the Pink"
    Released: March 6, 2006
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic58/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[3]
The Guardian3/5 stars[4]
MSN Music(choice cut)[5]
MusicOMH3/5 stars[6]
PopMatters3/10[7]
Rolling Stone1.5/5 stars[8]
Slant Magazine2.5/5 stars[9]

Mr. A–Z is the second studio album by the American singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, released on July 26, 2005. It is the studio follow-up to his first studio album Waiting for My Rocket to Come, released in 2002. Even with mixed reviews, it was a moderate commercial success and debuted at number 5 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart. It was recognized for mixing many different genres of music together.[citation needed]

It was nominated by the Recording Academy for best engineered album, and the producer Steve Lillywhite, who previously worked with U2, The Dave Matthews Band and The Rolling Stones, won for Producer of the Year, but not for his work on Mr. A–Z.[citation needed] The name of the album is a play on the artist's surname, "Mraz".

An opera solo performed by Mraz himself can be found on the track "Mr. Curiosity". In March 2010, this song charted in Germany after it had been performed by Lena Meyer-Landrut in the talent show contest Unser Star für Oslo (Our Star for Oslo), reaching a peak position of number 44.[10]

Formats[edit]

In the United States and Europe, the album was released both as a CD and as a DualDisc. The DualDisc version has enhanced packaging and an extra booklet.[11]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Life Is Wonderful"Jason Mraz, Stephanie Poole, Alanna Ferri4:20
2."Wordplay"Jason Mraz, Kevin Kadish3:06
3."Geek in the Pink"Jason Mraz, Ian Sheridan, Kevin Kadish3:55
4."Did You Get My Message? (feat. Rachael Yamagata)"Jason Mraz, Dan Wilson4:00
5."Mr. Curiosity"Jason Mraz, Dennis Morris, Lester Mendez3:54
6."Clockwatching"Jason Mraz, Dennis Morris, Ainslie Henderson4:23
7."Bella Luna"Jason Mraz, Billy "Bushwalla" Galewood5:02
8."Plane"Jason Mraz, Dennis Morris5:13
9."O. Lover"Jason Mraz, Dennis Morris3:54
10."Please Don't Tell Her"Jason Mraz, Eric Hinojosa4:40
11."The Forecast"Jason Mraz, Eric Hinojosa3:44
12."Song for a Friend"Jason Mraz, Dan Wilson, Dennis Morris, Eric Hinojosa8:09
Bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
13."Geek in the Pink (Lillywhite Remix)" (iTunes Bonus Track)3:56
14."Rocket Man (Acoustic Demo)" (U.S. and International iTunes Bonus Track)3:35
15."Burning Bridges (Unreleased Demo)" (International iTunes Bonus Track)3:49
16."Prettiest Friend (Demo)" (International iTunes Bonus Track)4:19

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[12]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[13] 5

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 500,000double-dagger

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. A-Z by Jason Mraz". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Mr. A-Z - Jason Mraz". AllMusic. Retrieved March 20, 2016. 
  3. ^ Willman, Chris (2005-07-25). "MR. A-Z". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2018-01-05. 
  4. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (2006-01-27). "CD: Jason Mraz, MR A-Z". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-07-13. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (2008-08-01). "Consumer Guide: August 2008". MSN Music. Retrieved 2018-01-05. 
  6. ^ McKinlay, Fiona (2006-02-06). "Jason Mraz - Mr A-Z". musicOMH. Retrieved 2018-07-13. 
  7. ^ Cober-Lake, Justin (September 14, 2005). "Jason Mraz: Mr. A-Z". PopMatters. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  8. ^ Sheffield, Rob (August 11, 2005). "Reviews". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. p. 74-75. 
  9. ^ Keefe, Jonathan (2005-08-05). "Jason Mraz Mr. A-Z". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2018-07-13. 
  10. ^ German Single Charts positions Jason Mraz
  11. ^ "Jason Mraz: Mr. A-Z: Dualdisc/Lmtd Ed". Zia. Retrieved 2016-04-02. The dualdisc includes the entire album, 20 minute DVD documentary, photo gallery, full lyrics, and 36-page personal journal with exclusive polaroids. 
  12. ^ Mr. A–Z (liner notes). Jason Mraz. Atlantic. 2006. CD 83833. 
  13. ^ "Jason Mraz Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Jason Mraz – Mr. A-Z". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH