Jason Mraz: Look for the Good Album Review

9 Dec

This is a very light, and optimistic album.  And I have an ethical dilemma about supporting a “look for the good in everyone” or “make love not war” narrative, when it’s a matter of ethics violations, suppression, human rights, and life and death, as is going on right now.  It’s the right message for a different time.  Sorry (not sorry), but this hippy-dippy $hit ain’t gonna cut it right now, and it’s a pretty privileged position to be coming from when people are literally dying in the street.  At this time, I say, Jason, read the room.

Also, not to get too down on the artist of my first concert experience, but I really dislike the genre of reggae.  So each song was judged on my opinion, rather than on it’s own merits as I usually would.  Because there’s no way I’m putting even a good reggae song on my playlist!

Thirdly, listening to reggae I do not like made me wonder if there’s some sort of listener effect (scientifically speaking) where your opinion remains consistent.  For example, because I didn’t like 2 reggae songs in a row, am I more likely to hate that third song too?  Even if it’s not raggae? And this is only broken with an extreme like of that third song?  I was wondering because of the true reggae songs, I think there were 3-4, yet I really didn’t like any of the songs that followed….

My Kind:  It has a ska thing going on that I like.  

You Do You:  This one delves past untimely messaging into cheesy territory.  Though I will say Tiffany Haddish’s part is the best thing about the entire song.

Hearing Double:  This might be a cute little song of the repeat was used more sparingly.  As is, it’s fucking annoying to hear EVERY word twice.

Gratitude:  I had this rated a “meh” but honestly, the chorus singing “meow meow meow” made me increase the rating.  I like the idea of being thankful also.

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