Sound — 10
John Mayer has soul. His previous works proved that. This EP proves it absolutely! John Mayer tantalizes us with four new tracks. The first track, "Moving On and Getting Over," is perhaps the most catchiest of the four. It is a playful, yet still soulful, song with a seductive guitar melody. It feels like John wrote it perhaps one morning, after dedicating himself to new horizons. In fact, the entire EP seems to be about new beginnings. A soul searcher's soundtrack, if you will. The second track, "Changes," emphasizes John's focus on moving forward, while the next two tracks feel reminiscent. Track three, "Loving on the Weekend," has a soft feel, but with a medium pulse, about cherishing the moments of togetherness with the one you love. Lastly, "You're Going to Live Forever in Me," is a sorrowful ballad about love lost but not forgotten. The track opens with a cheerful whistling melody and followed by Mayer's playfully pitched voiced backed by a steady piano tracking. The song feels more nostalgic than depressing. The listener is left lingering after the track ends however, yearning for more. Good thing this is only "Wave One"!
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are emotional, playful and wise. Mayer has always been a romantic guy, reaching for universal symbols and metrics of love while staying true to his soulful rhythm and blues proclivities. Mayer remains sagacious with his lyrics and imparts a quartet of songs full of themes familiar in all the universal to all: love, loss, and moving on. The lyrics do enchant the listener, right alongside the melodies of the songs. Mayer doesn't get overly clever or witty in his words however. Strong as Mayer's musical propensities are, he is no master poet or lyricist. Not to detriment the meanings of the music itself, the lyrics are still not far from boilerplate love song lyrics.
Overall Impression — 9
It is a very well produced and entertaining EP. It tantalizes the listener and, because it is only four tracks, has them begging for "Wave Two." I find the overall sound, lyrics and entertainment of this EP very high and a pleasant listen. Mayer refrains from getting too technical or showy, which is refreshing in-and-of itself. Mayer has plenty of virtuoso qualities and it is nice to hear a record from him where he just focuses on being a song-maker and not a musical icon. The musical world needs more soul, without taking itself too seriously. Mayer is performing a public service with this record.