Kyle Anderson
April 13, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Love Is a Four Letter Word

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Jason Mraz
music label
81111
genre
Pop

We gave it a B

Once merely a funny-hat-wearing antidote to John Mayer’s Serious Rock Guy poses, Mraz has accrued a major fan base thanks to hits like ”I’m Yours” and ”I Won’t Give Up.” Many of the hacky-sacking grooves on his fourth album settle for snoozy gentility. But he tiptoes the line on Love Is a Four Letter Word between hammock-strung wisdom and twee naïveté with such goofball charisma that otherwise forgettable love-each-other-doodles like ”Everything Is Sound” become sweetly breezy anthems. B

Best Tracks:
Sly, jazzy 5/6
Colorful Frank D. Fixer

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