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Best Of 2012: John Mayer

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Born And Raised

I hope you had happy holidays! I’ve been thinking about all the music that came out over the course of the year. Due to a few factors, I definitely didn’t have my normal musical appetite in 2012, so my list will be short…but I still really enjoy choosing my favorites!

This first album is probably the one that surprised me the most. I wouldn’t call myself a huge John Mayer fan, and the first single from this album (“Shadow Days”) really didn’t do anything for me. But, when I heard the other singles, I was pulled right in.

From start to finish, the album is beautifully produced (Don Was is co-producer with Mayer). The guitar work is sensational and John Mayer’s voice and presence has a certain warm and relaxed vibe to it. The album was completed and released after Mayer had surgery and a long rest last year to repair granuloma in his throat. Unfortunately the condition returned this year and more tour dates were canceled. I can imagine Mayer is facing some seriously dark times with all of this as an artist unable to perform. He wrote,  “the only thing that stops me from devolving into a puddle of tears is knowing that it’s a long life, and the greatest gift in the world is being able to create music no matter what the circumstances”.

“Something Like Olivia” [LIVE]

“Queen Of California”

“The Age Of Worry”

“Speak For Me” [LIVE]

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SONG: John Mayer

“Something Like Olivia”

In his last few albums, John Mayer has had this way of being slightly inappropriate without being completely offensive. I’m thinking of “Who Says” from Battle Studies where he sings, “I don’t remember you looking any better, but then again I don’t remember you” and of course, “who says I can’t get stoned, call up a girl that I used to know, fake love for an hour or so, who says I can’t get stoned?”.

And here, with this track from the new album Born and Raised, he somehow manages to be desirable to millions of woman while singing, “Well Olivia is taken, but a look like hers can be found from time to time. I’m thinking something like Olivia is what I need to find”. I’m falling for it at least…I love this song!

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SONG: John Mayer

“Queen Of California”

I like a lot of what John Mayer does, but I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the single “Shadow Days” from his new album Born & Raised. Well, we added the second single into rotation this week, and I’m much more into it…definitely makes me want to check out the album in its entirety:

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