Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Apr 18, 2012
    80
    Mraz pushes himself into new territory, creating music that's perilously close to sounding seductive.
  2. 75
    Many of the hacky-sacking grooves on his fourth album settle for snoozy gentility.
  3. May 29, 2012
    70
    [Mraz] is taking the true-blue pop rock formula and expanding on it in ways other, less competent musicians fail to do in today's world of watered-down songwriting and formulaic radio.
  4. Apr 16, 2012
    70
    The songs about heartache don't detract from the optimistic vibe of this 12-song collection.
  5. Apr 17, 2012
    60
    He's added more world-music textures to his folk pop, and turned up the blissed-out vibes on Love Is a Four Letter Word.
  6. Apr 16, 2012
    60
    The surprise is that it's pretty palatable.
  7. Apr 18, 2012
    50
    Filled with platitudes and, eventually, psychobabble, dippy even by Mr. Mraz's standards.
  8. May 11, 2012
    40
    For a listener who's only been aware of Mraz by reputation, this is no instant-fix point of entry. It relies on past experiences, knowledge of what the artist is capable of rather than anything he delivers with consistency across these 12 songs.
  9. Apr 25, 2012
    40
    He's re-engaged the formula of sweet, James Taylor-ish vocals, lyrical inoffensiveness... and a laid-back Jack Johnson-like musicality where 5/6 embraces cruise ship reggae. [May 2012, p.101]
  10. Apr 16, 2012
    20
    Even by his own standards this is stupefyingly insipid and pedestrian fare.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. May 10, 2012
    0
    This album is crap. It seems to me that Jason has gone off the deep end. This record is a pile of adult contemporary pop ballad garbage. NoThis album is crap. It seems to me that Jason has gone off the deep end. This record is a pile of adult contemporary pop ballad garbage. No energy, none of the things that made people like Jason's writing in the past. I saw Jason play 93 Million Miles last fall with his old band (bunch of guys from Texas) and it was awesome. They had so much energy when they played it... That show was awesome! The album version of that song is terrible, and his new band (bunch of Canadian guys) has all the energy of my 93 year old grandmother. Whew, fail! Full Review »
  2. May 26, 2012
    5
    Jason Mraz probably suffers from quite popular among commercial musicians disease - one season fame. So what that the artist has gainedJason Mraz probably suffers from quite popular among commercial musicians disease - one season fame. So what that the artist has gained immense popularity due to the simple, but quaint "I'm Yours", when he can not maintain this level. "Love Is A Four Letter Word" clearly indicates that Mraz didn't have very good vision of the album and decided just to put dull collection of pop songs in it, with the hope that they will repeat the success of its predecessor. Probably the only decent song on the album is - "93 Million Miles." Full Review »
  3. Apr 25, 2012
    10
    Welcome to Jason's journey... I listened to this album to cover to cover and was carried away. While some might argue that songs tend to beWelcome to Jason's journey... I listened to this album to cover to cover and was carried away. While some might argue that songs tend to be mellow, I love it. No ups or downs... common musical and lyrical journey with no major twists or bends. The initial feel and riffs from his debut can be found in in most songs. He has managed to keep true to himself. Was scared that this album would be massively commercial with loads of electrical insensitivities.
    Great tunes, interesting lyrics and awesome guitar riffs, melodies depicting his musical signature. Vividly encourage you to listen to it. Have been following Jason's career for close to 10 years now, before he was all big and famous.
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