Tristan Prettyman gives you the key to her album in its title.Twentythree isn't jazzily sophisticated beyond her years, or juiced with ear-popping hooks for radio.After dating girlfriend and oft-music collaborator Tristan Prettyman on and off for a few years, smooth crooner Mraz finally popped the question Thursday. "SHE SAID YES," the laid-back lover, 33, tweeted about his lady love's response to his proposal. Mraz, who put himself on the music map with 2002 hit "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)" and won his first two Grammy awards earlier this year for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Collaboration (for hit "Lucky," with Colbie Caillat) told E!
A former model for Quicksilver's Roxy label, singer/songwriter Tristan Prettyman grew up in the San Diego area.
Twentythree's quietest moments might be its most rewarding.
"Electric" glimmers like the aqua Pacific sky over windy pedal steel, while "Simple as It Should Be," is just her, some brushed percussion, and warm acoustic strumming. Love's harmonica adds color, but it's really about the way Prettyman's voice nearly cracks on all the high notes.
But it's never overproduced -- "Always Feel This Way" even sounds like it was recorded live, maybe back in one of those San Diego coffeehouses.
The song's also a great example of how Prettyman assumes the phrasing of Ani Di Franco without being too earnest about it.
It's the work of a woman with some stories to tell -- about love, about life's left turns, about remembering to breathe -- before you finish your drink and head out into the world.
Guess Jason Mraz is lucky he's in love with his best friend. "A rep for Mraz confirmed the pair's engagment to Just Friday.
Mraz duets with Prettyman on "Shy That Way," and they share a sideman in the talented Michael Andrews.
"Love Love Love" also has a bit of that loopy unplugged funk that drives most of Jack Johnson's work, so it's pretty clear where Virgin has slotted the album.