Wednesday, 23 May 2012

John Mayer: Born and Raised

While we're on the subject of John Mayer, there's one thing I can't ignore...

John Mayer circa 2010

John Mayer, May 2012

What happened? 

Ok, I get the hat, I really do.  But paired with weak mustache and Canadian tuxedo, it's really a sad combination.  As Perez so eloquently put it, he's looking a bit like a drugged-up Crocodile Dundee version of Johnny Depp. 

Who am I kidding?  I still find him attractive.  Whatever. 

I've been a John Mayer fan since Day One.  In fact, Continuum happens to be my favourite album of all time.   It's rare that every track on an album is life changing.  Understandably, I was anxiously awaiting the release of his new album, Born and Raised, which was just released on Tuesday.

Much is being said right now about the negative attention he garnered a couple of years ago (see 'sexual napalm') and his newly reformed persona.  He was definitely slimy and over-exposed in 2010 but recently admitted that he got sick of himself and had the good sense to stay out of the public eye for a while.  I'm glad he's back, humbled, and finally allowing his talent to speak for itself.  'Born and Raised' doesn't disappoint.  It is very honest and relatable.  I'm all about the lyrics and John Mayer is truly a master in this respect.

Tracks worth downloading (though I totally recommending the whole thing):

  • 'Born and Raised' - by far my favorite on the album.
Then all at once it gets hard to take
It gets hard to fake what I won't be
Cause one of these days I'll be born and raised
And it's such a waste to grow up lonely
  •  'Fool to Love You' - every JM album has at least one sappy love song. This is it.
Fool me once, it's shame on you
But twice, it's shame on me
But fool me baby for the rest of my life
And I'll be happy, happy as a broken man can be
  • 'A Face to Call Home' - okay, this one's sappy too.
You know my paper heart
The one I filled with pencil marks
I think I might've gone and inked you in
Have a listen, people!

But John, though I forgive you for all of those douchey things you said in Rolling Stone, I'm still mad at you for breaking poor Taylor Swift's teenage heart.  I do, however, immensely enjoy the angsty song she wrote about you. So I guess we're even.

Also, I saw on Ellen that he is now living in Bozeman, Montana, which isn't THAT far from here. Road trip, anyone?

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