John Mayer Trio
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4.0
excellent

Review

by The Door Mouse USER (29 Reviews)
December 25th, 2006 | 14 replies | 3,249 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

As a child, I remember dreading 2½ hour-long car rides to relatives in Massachusetts. I also remember John Mayer always be playing in the CD player constantly. Me, I was never fond of him. His voice was just too shy and nasally. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying he had a bad voice, but it just didn’t have any excitement. Then I heard that he was forming a new band called John Mayer Trio. My first reaction was ‘Ugh! More John Mayer?’ My mother, being a John Mayer fanatic, really wanted this album for Christmas. So, of course, I had to buy it. So I did and she played it on one of those dreaded car rides and I must say I was in shock. Such spectacular guitar licks and rhythm coming form John Mayer? It was a very pleasant surprise.

I’ve never heard this much energy from John Mayer. One thing that was a shock to me was his vocals. It wasn’t the shy and whisper like voice that I heard earlier in his career. He actually had strong, bluesy vocals but still keeping his somewhat lovely quality that he had. In the song Wait Until Tomorrow he has a whaling chorus, once sung by Jimi Hendrix himself, and shows no sign of timidity at all. Another example is Good Love Is On the Way. He doesn’t fail making this just as soulful as B.B. King at his prime. Even though he steps up his vocals doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have that shy somewhat beautiful voice. Another Shade Of Green completely shows his lovely earlier voice. Also In the song Daughters which he has already done solo, he sounds like he will stick with his timid vocals but then there is a climactic explosion and it really takes the song to a new level. He shows both sides of his admirable voice.

In a blues band, a great guitarist is absolutely vital. I must say that the biggest shock in this is John’s guitar. He can really go up and down that fret board. There isn’t one song were he doesn’t show extravagant guitar work. He mostly shines on his intros. I was surprised as soon as I heard the first intro on Who Did You Think I Was. It portraits what he does throughout the entire album, just being upbeat and full or energy. Another great example is Out of My Mind where he shows very relaxing, slow and swinging bluesy guitar riffs almost mimicking the styles of Jimmy Page and Muddy Waters. He also has no trouble at all singing while playing guitar. He even speaks to the crowd very casually as if someone else was playing guitar. I was mostly in amazement with all of his short and sweet blues drenched solos and licks. Though they can be a bit too short, they don’t hold back on any talent at all.

The rhythm section does a great job backing John’s talent. Steve Jordan always seems to come up with some great beats to play his drums to and Pino always has a reliable bass doing there job and not failing to make this album that much better. Such chemistry helps immensely make this band great. This really shines in the brilliant cover of I Got a Woman. This starts off with a catchy drumbeat and a driving bassline and then you hear ‘She gives me money!’ and the crowed goes wild. I must say that this track is the most enjoyable song on here. Ray would be proud. John picked some great musicians to make this music so complementary.

This album really brings back the days of the blues and does it great. This album really came right in time in my life seeing how I got my first guitar a couple months before I got this album. This really inspired me more to get into the blues. They have so much talent and I hope to see these guys together for a very long time.

Pros:
A pleasant surprise
It’s the blues
I Got a Woman

Cons:
If you don’t like blues then you will hate this album
Solos are a little bet too short

Recommended tracks:
Who Did You Think I Was
Good Love Is On the Way
Out of My Mind
I Got A Woman

4/5



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The Door Mouse
December 25th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

JM3. Enjoy

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 25th 2006



17920 Comments


Ugh! More John Mayer?

The Door Mouse
December 25th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Ugh! It's A Wonderful Life has been on like 100000 times.


The Door Mouse
December 25th 2006



2092 Comments

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Anyone like JM3?

Eliminator
December 25th 2006



2067 Comments


No.

BludgeonySteve
December 25th 2006



558 Comments


Pow! Mayer rocks my socks.

The Door Mouse
December 25th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Mayer rocks my stockings!

MBS
December 26th 2006



83 Comments


You don't happen to live in California, do you?

The Door Mouse
December 26th 2006



2092 Comments

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Nope CT

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
December 26th 2006



3766 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This is my fav JM after Continuum. It's just so raw and got that awsome authentic blusey sound with it. Great listen.

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

metallicaman8
December 26th 2006



4677 Comments


Alright review. Certainly better than some of your previous efforts.

The Door Mouse
December 28th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thx. Even though no votes .

bak76
July 9th 2007



4 Comments


How old can you possibly be, "When I was a child I remeber John Mayer playing" the dude has been out since maybe 2000, you couldn't have possibly been a child then unless your like 12 or 13 now. Also, you know nothing off the blues, I heard the album it is pop music with some guitars, what it ain't is the blues. Don't ever but BB King and John Mayer together, their styles are completely different. Also, I don't think he vocals are near what blues vocals need to be, your need to understand heartache and pain to play the blues, Mayer knows neither, ya can't play the blues and be screwin Jessica Simpson. But, as I say this it was a pretty good review, some of the stuff I did think was comical though.

The Door Mouse
July 12th 2007



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

^^^ Ok I'm 15 right now, John Mayer's first album was in 2001, that's six years ago so 15-6=9 (zomg I did math) and I consider nine childhood. Also, how can you say that this is not blues. Ok his pop rock side does shine out once in a while but you make it sound like this is anything but blues.



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