Inside Wants Out Review

artist: John Mayer date: 01/08/2008 category: compact discs
John Mayer: Inside Wants Out
Release Date: 1999
Label: Sony
Genres: Alternative Pop/Rock
Number Of Tracks: 8
It is beautiful to listen to, and it's great to see where John came from.
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 9
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overall: 9
Inside Wants Out Reviewed by: theneildeal, on january 08, 2008
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Sound: When John moved to Atlanta, him and Clay Cook were performing at Eddies Attic, when they were asked if they wanted to record an album. After recording the basic tracks, the two broke up. Despite having no money, John wanted to record to CD, and worked part time at the record studio, and recorded after hours. The payments were suspended until CDs were sold. Mayer was once a struggling musician, and this is shown on the album. At first, it sounds like it could be any other unsigned musician, but after listening to the album, it is so much more. The majority of the album is just John and his guitar. The first four songs appear on Room For Squares. These songs keep only the bare essentials. Only Back To You and Neon 12:47am have drum tracks. The album is serene, and tranquil. It is beautiful to listen to, and it's great to see where John came from. It is the perfect album to listen to for relaxing. // 9

Lyrics: The lyrics are typical of John. He writes songs about specific subjects that everyone can relate to, in particular, Victoria. The lyrics fit well with the music, and they are enjoyable to listen to. John sounds really young in this album, and it's really interesting to listen to. // 9

Overall Impression: This album shows us what John was like when he was an unknown singer/songwriter. Inside wants out sounds so pure, and untouched by commercialism. I bought the album after falling in love with Room For Squares, and it's amazing to see how some of his biggest songs once were. No Such Thing, My Stupid Mouth, Back To You, and Neon all appear on this album, stripped down to the bare essentials. But the album also has other treasures, that are well worth a listen. it's great to see that the 2 best songs on the album weren't put on Room For Squares. If so, this album would have been like a demo for RFS, but instead, it's a masterpiece made by a man unaware that he was destined for great things. But my favourite thing about the album is the astounding version of Neon. Room For Squares doesn't do it the justice that it deserves. This version of Neon is just John, a microphone, and a guitar. It is simply amazing. In fact, I would buy the album just for it. Inside Wants Out is a must for any John Mayer fan. It shows that he was once a struggling musician making a record, a position that people on UG are in now. If you are not a fan of John Mayer's major label work, you should check this album out anyway. // 9

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