Try! review by John Mayer

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  • Released: Nov 22, 2005
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.1 (95 votes)
John Mayer: Try!

Sound — 9
Great sound, especially from a live performance. A few lines of dialogue between one or two songs that are inaudible, but a volume crank can fix that. Despite what Mayer said about changing styles and dumping the acoustic ballads, I don't think the change is as drastic as he imagined. Anyone listeners of Mayer's earlier stuff, especially Heavier Things, probably detected the blues influence. It is just more apparent here.

Lyrics — 10
Mayer has always been an excellent lyricist. Opening track Who Did You Think I was is a bit humorous ("Here is a line that you won't understand/I'm half of the boy but I'm twice the man"). Good Love Is On The Way is an optimistic love song. Wait Until Tomorrow is great ("Click, bang, what a shame, your daddy just shot poor me"). Out Of My Mind is more of what I expected from the album, and is composed of many repeated lines, such is the trademark of blues.

Overall Impression — 9
There is a definite comparison between Try! and Heavier Things. Who Did You Think I was is funky and fun. Good Love Is On The Way is, in my opinion, the most radio-friendly track. Wait Until Tomorrow is good, especially the backup vocals in the chorus. Gravity is a beautiful song, very emotional. Vultures is a fun riff with amusing backup vocals in the chorus as well. Out Of My Mind is bluesy. Another Kind Of Green has a strange timing, but Mayer makes it work. I Got A Woman is a legitimate cover of ol' Ray. Previous fans will recognize Something's Missing and Daughters. The last track, Try, has a gospel sound, and ends the album on an uplifting note. This is a fantastic CD and a must-have for any John Mayer fan.

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