Sound — 10
Really great comprehensive performance. A great CD for the 'radio-loving' John mayer fan to be opened up to his abilities not only as an elite electric/acoustic guitar player but also as an amazing vocalist. John and his fantastic bandmates really shine on this CD. The three sets are both original and different in their style. The acoustic set shows Johns abilities on the acoustic guitar with his wicked solo on neon and through the performance of stop this train and the formerly unreleased In your atmosphere. The trio set has to be heard to be believed. Pino Steve and John really gel as a band. One can really see the SRV/Hendrix influence on John through his amazing guitar work. The band set is also unreal.
Lyrics — 10
John's lyrics are always his strong point and they really shine through on this album. Since most JM fans would likely have heard all of these songs already, I can't really mention any new development as a lyricist since Continuum, but to hear some of the classics and the covers re-done really added to my appreciation for John as a musician.
Overall Impression — 10
I would say if you are looking to hear John primarily as an acoustic artist. The Village sessions is a better choice... and if you are looking for him as a bluesman, purchase Try! But if you are looking for an exhibition of john (and his band's) musical talents, this is the best there is. It really doesn't get much better. I saw him in Toronto on July 7th and his performance was very very similar to the one displayed on this CD. Buy this album.