Sound — 10
This is a mellow album like John Mayer's previous solo albums, however that's where the similarities stop. Mayer did not play the majority of the instruments on this album, and it shows (in a good way). There are organs, horns, and various other instrumentation that compliment Mayer's newfound exploration into blues. He plays complex and amazing blues solos on this cd, on such tracks as "I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)" and "Slow Dancing In A Burning Room". He also did a bluesy cover of Hendrix's Bold As Love. Simply amazing.
Lyrics — 9
Lyrics were pretty good on this album. Very poetic, very much about love, and metaphoric and up to interpretation. Good enough for me.
Overall Impression — 9
Of music today, John Mayer is perhaps the best as far as guitar and blues goes. There's nobody like him in the mainstream, and his loyal fan base from the pop years should take to his brand of blues. If you want to see someone who got Hendrix right, and incorporates all of the past of blues rock into a modern sound, check out this album. I dare you to learn the licks. It's catchy, it's good, and I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.