Atlanta's singer-songwriter John Mayer began with two mellow acoustic pop albums
Room for Squares (2001), with No Such Thing, Neon and Your Body Is a Wonderland,
Heavier Things (2003), with the equally poppy
Daughters and Bigger Than My Body, but also with some interesting
blues guitarwork in
Come Back to Bed (that could have been on an Eric Clapton album).
He formed a power-trio for
Continuum (2006), with the single Waiting on the World to Change (of Van Morrison-ian soul-rock),
the somnolent bluesy ballad Gravity (a slow-motion version of the same Van Morrison),
the country-esque Stop This Train and a lot of monotonous elegies.
Battle Studies (2009) has only Assassin that breaks the monotony.
He veered towards Nashville's country music on
Born and Raised (2012), with
the Kenny Rogers-ian
Queen of California
and the breezy Something Like Olivia,
and on Paradise Valley (2013), that mostly feels like the leftovers of
the previous album but also contains
Who You Love,
a romantic duet with Katy Perry, and
the honkytonking Call me the Breeze, his best song in a while.
The Search for Everything (2017) was perhaps an attempt to recapture
the blues-soul-folk-pop fusion of Continuum but the songs are only
half-baked attempts at that style with no real winner.
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