The Bottom Line
"I Won't Give Up," the first single from the upcoming fourth album by Jason Mraz, begins gently with acoustic guitar, but the power of the music and the words gradually build to a bracing statement of strength in a long-term relationship. This turn to a very direct, emotional style once again demonstrates Jason Mraz is one of the most talented pop singer-songwriters active today. Old fans will be pleased, and this song just might pull in significant amounts of new admirers. "I Won't Give Up" is a perfect pop song to lead us toward Valentine's Day 2012.
- Solid, moving lyrics
- Beautiful and powerful acoustic guitar arrangement
- Jason Mraz' emotional vocals
- No real negatives
- Written by Jason Mraz
- From fourth studio album
- Released January 2012 by Atlantic Records
Guide Review - Jason Mraz - "I Won't Give Up"
When Jason Mraz first introduced us to his last solo album, it was with the clever, understated "I'm Yours" that was a slow burn on the charts ultimately turning into a mega-hit. The single became the longest running ever on the Billboard Hot 100 lasting a phenomenal 76 weeks. "I'm Yours" was ultimately certified five times platinum and the album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. went to #3 and received its own platinum certification. That all began almost four years ago.
It is far too early to tell whether the new single "I Won't Give Up" can truly challenge or match any of the achievements of "I'm Yours," but it certainly is a solid effort. "I Won't Give Up" is a slow burning anthem to stability in long-term relationships. What starts off in very mellow acoustic terms slowly builds and genuinely begins to hit its stride in the middle verse. Jason Mraz manages a grand, full sound that feels much larger than the simple acoustic guitar and vocal arrangement would indicate. A brief choral section helps the power of the words sink in even further. The year has only begun and we already have what could end up one of the most moving love songs of the year. However, "I Won't Give Up" is not for weddings. Instead it is for those moments when partners realize the effort is all worth it and are looking forward to a future together that stretches to the horizon.
Like Adele's ability to wring immense emotion out of a simple piano and vocal arrangement on "Someone Like You," Jason Mraz is able here to scale heights with just vocals and acoustic guitar. Adult pop radio should jump on this new song instantly. It is one of the most solid efforts yet from Jason Mraz. There is a maturity to both the vocals and the lyrics here that is thrilling. The upcoming album will be eagerly awaited.