The way Jason Mraz sees it, everything in life boils down to people saying “yes.” So it’s not surprising that he would choose that word as the title for his fifth and first-ever acoustic album, which he wrote and recorded with his friends in the L.A.-based folk-rock band Raining Jane. “The songs are about healing,” he says. “They’re about love. They’re about faith. They’re about our role in the environment. They’re about acceptance, compassion, and letting go.” Atlantic Records (atlanticrecords.com). —Troy Carrington
Editor’s note: see Mraz in Houston on September 5 at the University of Houston’s Cullen Performance Hall.