John Mayer

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Room for Squares (2001), 5/10
Heavier Things (2003), 4/10
Continuum (2006), 6/10
Battle Studies (2009), 4/10
Born and Raised (2012), 5/10
Paradise Valley (2013), 4/10
The Search for Everything (2017), 4/10
Sob Rock (2021), 5/10

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 especially 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.

The divorce-themed Sob Rock (2021) was another collection of mellow, nostalgic mildly-rocking tunes, from Last Train Home (reminiscent of Toto's Africa) to Wild Blue with the odd dance-pop of single New Light.

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