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#8521
Quote by michaelscofield
The problem here is, quite honestly, Mayer doesn't seem to have anything to sing about. Just not much to say. If listening to this album gives the slightest insight into what it's like to converse with John, he must be a fairly boring person. That's not a negative, he's just successful, financially independent and perhaps not very artistically motivated.


I think you pointed it out very well. Mayer didn't learn from his mistakes with the media, he just ran away and lost whatever made him unique in the process.

I like B&R because I don't mind those generic folkish songs but man that thing is miles away from his earlier work. You can't compare that to Continuum anyway but if you take Room for Squares, you can clearly see it lacks the boldness and originilaty John had in the writing of those songs.
#8522
Quote by ArtyArnaud
You can't compare that to Continuum anyway but if you take Room for Squares, you can clearly see it lacks the boldness and originilaty John had in the writing of those songs.


I disagree with that because his compositions on Room for Squares were still very complex. Neon is one of his more complex songs ever made. City Love, Why Georgia, and My Stupid Moth are all legit musically, and the lyrics on 83 are more poignant than most anything on B&R. Hell, you could even break down the music in YBIAW and see it is more complex than most things on mainstream radio.
#8523
Quote by FN77
I disagree with that because his compositions on Room for Squares were still very complex. Neon is one of his more complex songs ever made. City Love, Why Georgia, and My Stupid Moth are all legit musically, and the lyrics on 83 are more poignant than most anything on B&R. Hell, you could even break down the music in YBIAW and see it is more complex than most things on mainstream radio.


Yeah thats what I meant RFS to me is more original and complex than B&R. Sorry if it wasn't clear.
#8524
i really like his new album. his voice is much more settled, relaxed and unenthusiastic, i really like it. this is also going to get a lot of people into bob dylan which is always good.

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nah, just listen to continuum, genghis.
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#8525
Yeah, I'm gonna break ranks here and say I love this album. The lyrics to B+R killed me-
"I still got time, I still got faith, I call on both of my brothers
I've got a mum, I've got a dad, but they do not have each other."
I'm not ashamed to admit I cried when I heard that. That's the past two years of my life summed up. If I Ever Get Round to Living is a killer track too. And Queen of California has replaced Graceland by Paul Simon as my new favourite roadtrip song. Out of all of them, I'd say Something Like Olivia is the only skippable song. I was really looking forward to it, but after a few listens it's just a bit bland. I felt like it should have gone somewhere, but just kept plodding on. Loved the tone on the solo though!

So, I'd say this is my fave John Mayer release, to date. It just perfectly fits into my life right now. Gorgeous instrumentation, vocals are so great, and the lyrics are more grown up than ever. So that's my thoughts on the album. I get that all the die hard blues guys on here are pretty unhappy with it, but I honestly feel like this might be his Pet Sounds.
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#8527
Quote by laid-to-waste
i really like his new album. his voice is much more settled, relaxed and unenthusiastic, i really like it. this is also going to get a lot of people into bob dylan which is always good.


nah, just listen to continuum, genghis.


I agree with you. My mother named me after Bob Dylan and though I am not a big fan of him I do enjoy listening to a few songs.
I told my mother about the new John Mayer CD and she went out an bought it and told me it reminded her of some Bob Dylan. Glad to see someone else notices it too.

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#8528
I'm just now checking out some tracks from the new album.

It's certainly not Try!...
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#8529
i really like "Face to Call Home" as well as "Born and Raised". great lyrics and just spectacular songwriting, i think.

i dig the guitar playing "Walt Grace's Submarine Test 1967". it gives a different feel in guitar playing. i think he said it's a dobro?

"Queen of California" is so easy to listen to, it's just great. I love the harmony on that.

"Love is a Verb" is just so simple yet so awesome.


i like this album. i wouldn't say i like it more than continuum yet, but i'll see how i feel in a week.
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#8530
Quote by robertreilly666
i really like him. i wouldnt really class him as blues as much as acoustic rock.

his songs are very well put together and in my opinion he is one of the best songwriters around at the molment.

You've obviousy never heard of the trio
#8533
My dad and I can't get enough of this album. If the lyrics were better, this album is on par with Continuum. I listened to both back to back last night.
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#8534
I think Born and Raised is his best album, but the reason I came here was to announce that I've discovered how amazing edge of desire (from Battle Studies.) It's my favourite song by John and I think it makes me forgive him for how lacklustre of the album was.
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#8535
Quote by AgainstYou
I think Born and Raised is his best album, but the reason I came here was to announce that I've discovered how amazing edge of desire (from Battle Studies.) It's my favourite song by John and I think it makes me forgive him for how lacklustre of the album was.


Agree entirely
Edge of Desire is an amazing song
I feel like I'm in the minority here but I didn't dislike Battle Studies, there are a few tracks I skip past but there's a couple on all of his releases that I do that with
#8536
Quote by Joe4/4/1992
Agree entirely
Edge of Desire is an amazing song
I feel like I'm in the minority here but I didn't dislike Battle Studies, there are a few tracks I skip past but there's a couple on all of his releases that I do that with


I really really hated BS when it came out- I listened to it all but didn't ever want to buy it. But after BandR, I felt like I should give it a shot. I still skip a whole bunch of songs, but there are some that are growing on me. Edge of Desire is one of them. Perfectly Lonely is another. I till hate Who Says though...
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#8537
Quote by Joe4/4/1992
Agree entirely
Edge of Desire is an amazing song
I feel like I'm in the minority here but I didn't dislike Battle Studies, there are a few tracks I skip past but there's a couple on all of his releases that I do that with

I love Battle Studies and Born and Raised; I can listen to both albums all the way through.
#8538
Battle Studies isn't a bad album. There are some great songs from it. The rest aren't bad, they just don't develop much and there are a lot of fade outs.

I kind of feel the same about Born and Raised, other than the fade out part.
#8539
Quote by Steph Bets
I really really hated BS when it came out- I listened to it all but didn't ever want to buy it. But after BandR, I felt like I should give it a shot. I still skip a whole bunch of songs, but there are some that are growing on me. Edge of Desire is one of them. Perfectly Lonely is another. I till hate Who Says though...


I really dont get the hate for Who Says, the guitar playing is so tasty on that tune...


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#8540
I cant understand how the same man who made I dont trust myself also made the bullshit song whiskey, whiskey, whiskey. If he's not playing the blues he should release an acoustic album, i think a lot of what's good about some songs get lost in the production.
#8543
Quote by Steph Bets
you guys seen this yet? http://youtu.be/chLFi2cFxzo maaannn now I don't know which version I like better...

I don't like that at all. The album version is so much better.
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#8547
I don't know if anyone heard John Mayer's playing on Frank Ocean's new album, both on White and Pyramids. You guys should check it out. White is super tasteful.[it's instrumental]
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and i better not hear a word
do me baby
i better not feel it girl
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#8548
wow, i'm listening to SRV's Texas Flood for the first time, and oh dear god i hear so much john mayer in his style it's unbelievable, it's as if john mayer just replicated his voice

i love them both though
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#8549
Quote by laid-to-waste
wow, i'm listening to SRV's Texas Flood for the first time, and oh dear god i hear so much john mayer in his style it's unbelievable, it's as if john mayer just replicated his voice

i love them both though


Take a listen to the original

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50RjCGVPhbA
#8551
Ah ok. Yeah Mayer is definitely hugely influenced by SRV especially in his solo blues stuff. Lots of Hendrix influence in his rhythm playing too.

Those influences go back to Albert King, Johnny Guitar Watson, Guitar Slim, T Bone Walker and for the rhythm, Curtis mayfield, Ike Turner, Steve Cropper and other R&B/Soul fullas
#8552
Quote by carmour
Ah ok. Yeah Mayer is definitely hugely influenced by SRV especially in his solo blues stuff. Lots of Hendrix influence in his rhythm playing too.

Ha ha ha. No kidding ?
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Slapped it in the K7 player, and .... Whoa! John Mayer ? Naaah ... impossible!
Gotta to be the Ghost of John Mayer, then. So much for originality.

Anyways, enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_Wq2lKv4oo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEApFkpH02Y

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My heart betrays my weary head
With nothing but my soul to save
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#8553
if you want modern blues listen to the white stripes or black keys
#8554
I like some of his stuff. I have more respect for him now than I did a few years back when I thought he was just another MTV douche product. He proved to be legit. He's talented. The SRV and Hendrix influence is pretty profound.

He had one hell of a band a few years ago with Pino Palladino and Steve Jordan. For me, that's when his street cred went up and I knew he was legit. I was watching them on youtube playing Jimi Hendrix's "Wait Until Tomorrow". Killer version! Pretty funny watching the reaction of these little teeny bopper girls as the band was killing it. The lamest crowd I've ever seen. They had no ****ing idea what was going on.
#8555
im a huge fan of his playing, but not always a huge fan of all his songs.

with that said, i dont understand why some people imply that he isnt doing the music he wants to. quite frankly, he is succesful enough now that if he just wanted to do stuff in the same genre as Try!, he would.

and quite frankly, though im not a big fan of his earlier bubble gum pop albums, if i could write songs like that, i would!
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#8556
the live at abbey road recordings are excellent. Believe and Gravity are awesome tunes, his custom strats sound face-meltingly good!