REVIEW / CONCERT
GOOD VIBES WITH JASON MRAZ
National Stadium / Oct 27
SINGAPORE – American pop singer-songwriter Jason Mraz’s National Stadium concert was so stuffed with positivity that it felt a bit unreal.
As the concert title, Good Vibes, and multi-hued color scheme on the performers’ get-up in addition to stage backdrop would attest, there was little room for dour sentiments, gray areas or the final complexities of life. It was all sunshine and odes to like within the two-hour present, his solely Asian present this yr.
The bulk of the songs got here from the Grammy winner’s sixth and latest album launched earlier this yr, Know. Like most of his previous discography, they’re all pleased tunes – present opener Let’s See What The Night Can Do is about romance underneath the moonlight, Love Is Still The Answer is a mellow ballad with lyrics as literal as its title whereas catchy show-closing tune Have It All is line after line of optimistic blessings.
The gig confirmed how a lot he has grown as an entertainer. His first concert right here, on the Esplanade’s Mosaic Fest again in 2006, was a easy, stripped-down and unplugged affair that showcased his folksy, coffee-shop crooner roots.
This time spherical, he had a good greater band than in his final outing on the Star Theatre again in 2014.
All-women quartet Raining Jane, his backing group of musicians and singers, in addition to songwriting companions, had been nonetheless there however there have been additionally further gamers, comparable to a keyboardist and electrical guitarist on stage.
Mraz and Raining Jane have a easy, well-oiled chemistry. They didn’t simply gel collectively musically, additionally they had their slightly-goofy, synchronised dance strikes all the way down to a pat, particularly on groovy songs like Might As Well Dance and Unlonely, each from Know.
The Raining Jane women additionally doubled on the feminine vocals for Mraz’s well-known duets, Lucky (2008), initially with Colbie Caillat, and More Than Friends (2018), which he sang with a puppet instead of unique co-singer Meghan Trainor.
The viewers clapped politely to a lot of the newer songs however they really got here alive for Mraz’s easy-on-the-ears earlier hits like I am Yours (2008) and The Remedy (I Won’t Worry) (2002).
Mraz, who like the remainder of his band, was wearing a coverall, was in a genial temper and cracked jokes, a lot of them corny.
Explaining why he and his band had been dressed “like mechanics”, he quipped that they had been there to “fix your loneliness”.
He was no stranger to the Singapore viewers, having performed right here a number of occasions, however this gig was his largest present right here but.
The concert was a part of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore tennis match and was held in considered one of Singapore’s largest venues for live shows.
Despite pulling in a 15,000 sturdy viewers, it was laborious to not discover the big empty pockets within the 55,000-capacity area. They had been particularly evident when the followers switched on their cellphone torch-lights throughout one his largest hits, I Won’t Give Up (2012). Only a fraction of the stadium featured the starry night-like results and the remainder of the seats had been shrouded in darkness.
Still, the sound was nice, at the least the place this reviewer was sitting, on the backside row of the terraced seating, straight reverse the stage. Mraz’s melodic singing and the assorted devices could possibly be heard clearly. It was virtually a aid, provided that previous main live shows on the venue have suffered from sub-par sound.