Hey everyone! So, I think it’d be a rad idea if we joined together to create a cover video in honor of “YES!” and #SpreadYES!
I was thinking we’d cover “Back to the Earth,” because it’s fun, upbeat, catchy, and it unifies everyone around the world!
If you’d like to be involved, send me a message on Tumblr, or shoot me an email at RJtheCunning@gmail.com.
Signal boost ^^^^
The album is very much courtesy of its’ namesake. ‘Yes’ is a victory. ‘Yes’ is attacking your day with enthusiasm and an everlasting smile. ‘Yes’ is passing that smile on to all the people around you. ‘Yes’ is about shining your light on everything around you.
As I sat to write this thought with a nice, hot cup of coffee on a chilly Sunday morning in Adelaide, I can’t help but smile. The album sits so well in to my day. It feels like it was meant to be.
I have read many thoughts on the simplicity of the album and how many have interpreted that as being boring. On the contrary, I’d say the word they’re looking for is ‘sophisticated’. It is a smart, methodical, raw and very human album. It’s about a real, tangible life that you can relate to in one way or another. It so clearly shows the journey of Jason Mraz from where he started, all the way through to where he is now. One could almost say he’s come full circle, and in some degree he has, but, I would more likely say he’s come full circle to an alternative way of living. This album feels like the start of a brand new adventure. And, safe to say if it’s an adventure with his wonderful co-writers, Raining Jane, it’s sure going to be a fun one.
Jason Mraz has called this his first acoustic album, but it doesn’t sound like your typical acoustic album. This is due in part to the way that Mraz and the wonderful ladies of Raining Jane fit together. This album is a perfect blend of wholesome and vibrant harmonies that fit so well with the wonderful melodies that Jason is known for.
There’s no denying the genius of Mraz, but for me the biggest victory of this album is how under-produced it sounds. Not once have I been disappointed by the transition from live EP to produced album track. He’s kept a very tangible feeling in there, and that feeling is emotion. You can so clearly hear the emotion that comes with each song, and this is a victory.
Another beautiful thing about the album is how well the songs fit together. It’s not easy creating a diverse album while seamlessly transitioning to each song but somehow this album just works. And the beauty of it is once you get to the end of Shine it blends perfectly in to Rise so you can relive the experience all over again.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to go and dance to Everywhere.
I just realized that I haven’t written anything about the new album yet. Now listening to it surrounded by the darkness of night and the sound of his voice, it’s time to write.
Don’t get me started on the graphic design of this album! The die cut and the way everything fits together. It is just beautiful. If anything - I would pick on the back of it. I know they were going for simple but there is just something about Helvetica that gets on my nerve and for such a beautifully designed album with such a solid concept, the back was just far too safe.
YES! Official Track Listing: