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04/15/2017 6:35 PM
04/15/2017 6:49 PM
The only song that feels outside the "watching me move on from this breakup" storyline to me is "In The Blood". That feels very much like someone questioning what he's done with his life now that he's almost 40 and what is still up to chance vs. what he's genetically disposed to. It certainly feels out of place in the track listing.
04/15/2017 6:58 PM
04/15/2017 8:25 PM
CaitSings wrote:Newb Deep wrote: I still think the 4 song installment strategy was complete nonsense, and it might be a while until I can judge the record fairly as a whole. I feel like if he'd released it all at once I'd be WAY less critical and could even get over the fact that the same guy who wrote "In The Blood" also danced with pandas in a major video release. *facepalm* I'm also still very much in the mixtape boat with all of these tunes. Maybe my brain can't digest them in different sequence yet? I'm now quite happy I don't see a show until August because I probably wouldn't have loved it for similar reasons.My personal connection to these songs is quite limited. I've mentioned in previous posts that "Love on the Weekend" resonates with me because I'm not just in a long distance relationship, I'm in a dual-country relationship. I live in NJ and he lives in Toronto. I get picked up from the airport on Fridays and we get lost in the world until Sunday evening when I fly home, hoping one day US border patrol won't let me back into the US and I'll be forced to become a Canadian. Airports suck and always will suck but I do think LotW captures the excitement I still have when I'm waiting to board my flights to see him. The only song that feels outside the "watching me move on from this breakup" storyline to me is "In The Blood". That feels very much like someone questioning what he's done with his life now that he's almost 40 and what is still up to chance vs. what he's genetically disposed to. It certainly feels out of place in the track listing. I quite like the song, just questioning how it fits with the rest of these. Regarding his family, that's his business. He's been open in interviews to say being John Mayer the Kid wasn't an easy thing. I don't hear a jab at the family so much as I hear a "like mother like son" or "like father like son" questioning.
I appreciate his trying to branch out with more piano heavy tracks and even an instrumental track, though I'll always take trio-inspired guitar work over the aforementioned. Eons ago, I begged somewhere on this very board to hear some strings present on tracks and for JM to consider scoring a movie. In some ways, I think he might keep himself out of trouble by keeping lyrics out of some tunes. I don't love the tune but can hear "Theme" somewhere on a movie soundtrack, perhaps a coming of age story with a road trip involved.TL;DR - You're not my favorite album, The Search for Everything, but you're not my least favorite album either.
Newb Deep wrote: I still think the 4 song installment strategy was complete nonsense, and it might be a while until I can judge the record fairly as a whole.
04/16/2017 6:23 AM
04/16/2017 9:11 AM
Your mouth was, so dirty...
04/17/2017 4:10 AM
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04/17/2017 1:16 PM
Expert Mayer Historian
04/17/2017 2:14 PM
04/17/2017 2:20 PM
smithcor wrote:This album is turning into one of my favorites, maybe second to Continuum. Someone should put a warning label on some of these songs to not listen to them on an airplane when you're overtired though. Unless you enjoy crying in front of strangers lol. Thank god for window seats.
04/17/2017 3:22 PM
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04/17/2017 7:28 PM
smj1996 wrote:Just realized "Rosie" has a double meaning... it's got that Come Back To Bed Vibe for sure, BUT I think it's also a song about his rosewood strat! (nicknamed Rosie) I totally forgot he had the guitar until I saw footage from the KC show and he was playing it during Rosie. Now "lead me back to your room, and sing me your tune" makes WAY more sense.
04/17/2017 7:53 PM
I've listened in album order about 3-4 times uninterrupted and un-napped, and here are my favs, likes and not so favs
My Favs (in approx fav order)
Love on the Weekend,
In the Blood,
Still feel like your man,
Roll it on Home (somehow the country vibe grabs me),
Moving on and getting over (nice and jazzy)
Never on the day you leave
You're gonna live forever in me (too slow - would put me to sleep if tired)
Not so favs - eh
Theme (Don't like instrumentals) and this one is slow for me - might be good musically but I need music with lyrics
There's something about this album the somewhat reprises Paradise Valley
& Born & Raised - just can't put my musical finger on exactly
why - but some of the music sounds familiar, but not exactly from the
other albums. Plus, I am not listening to and searching out which songs
remind me of what other ones.
I give Search an A- cause I want more TRY based music - i'm a
blues rocker and love to see that part of his virtuosity. The guitar
work is subtle.
04/17/2017 8:17 PM
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04/17/2017 10:08 PM
I'm never speaking up again...
04/17/2017 11:51 PM
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