If It Kills Me
Label: Atlantic Records/Atg
Given the funky guitar, airtight horn punctuations and occasional falsettoed "whoo!," it seems like Mraz has been spending some quality time with MJ's Off the Wall of late. He pulls it off with varying success, alternating the blue-eyed funk pop with coy girl-crazy pap, er, pop and overtly sentimental numbers (grab the Kleenex for "Love for a Child"). The showpiece might be the sunny "Lucky," a duet with the do-no-wrong princess of beach bums, Colbie Caillat.