3 of 3 thought this review was well written
The name ďJohn Mayer", when mentioned, will probably conjure thoughts of poppy acoustic songs about love and such. Well, with the John Mayer Trio, Mayer is trying to shed that image, and show his blues side. With Pino Palladino and Steve Jordan on bass and drums respectively, the John Mayer Trio shows you a different side of John Mayer.
Who Did You Think I Was (3 of 5)
Catchy, just like a single should be. Nice guitar riff, in all itís nothing special though.
Good Love Is On The Way (3 of 5)
Cool intro. Another catchy, pop-ish song, like the first. Nice bass work by Palladino (what an awesome name), but doesnít really sound too different from Mayerís other work. The lyrics are about getting out of a bad relationship, and knowing that a good one will replace it.
Wait Until Tomorrow (5 of 5)
Ah, here we go. An awesome cover of a great Hendrix song. Mayerís vocals go well with the song, and in a whole itís performed flawlessly. The soloís great, you can really start to see Hendrixís influence on Mayer.
Gravity (4 of 5)
Things slow down here. I like the guitar work throughout the song, itís slow and soulful. The lyrics here are definitely deeper than any of the previous songs. Overall a great song, mellow and deep, the music and lyrics fit together perfectly.
Vultures (4 of 5)
Donít know how to describe it exactly, but Vultures has a different sound than the rest of the songs. Not really blues, not funk, I donít really know how to describe it. A good song to drive to at night, good guitar parts over a simple drum groove. Itís different than the rest of the songs, but good nonetheless.
Out Of My Mind (4 of 5)
Straight-up blues. If you still werenít convinced Mayer could do more than write catchy pop songs, then thereís no way this wonít change your mind, as thereís not an ounce of his old pop ways in this song. I can hear hints of Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B King, and other blues greats in his playing. His voice even reminds me of SRV in some points; I can see Vaughan playing this song. Nothing complex here, just some sweet old blues.
Another Kind of Green (5 of 5)
Excellent song. To me, sounds like heís trying to convince his girl that she doesnít need to try other relationships and compare other guys to him to know heís the right one for her. I love the opening. Great lyrics (ďYouíre not the perfect hand/But I donít hit on 19"), and you can sense the emotion in both the music and the lyrics.
I Got a Woman (5 of 5)
Sadly, if you ask most people nowadays, Kanye West wrote ďGold Digger." Few people will know that he ripped off Ray Charles for the beat, and some of the lyrics. I donít mind Gold Digger, but Mayerís version > Kanyeís. Nice opening with good drum and bass work by Jordan and Palladino. Just as Wait Until Tomorrow, Mayerís voice surprisingly fits the song. Great song that you can just sit and groove to. The longest song on the CD, clocking in at 7:40
Somethingís Missing (4 of 5)
Going back away from the blues, but this isnít really a pop song. Iím trying to think of a band this sounds like, but I canít think of one. As the title suggests, itís about how he canít figure out whatís missing in his life, because it seems like he should be happy with everything he has. I guess the same can be said for this song. I donít know exactly whatís keeping it from gaining that last start- good music? Check. Good lyrics? Check. I canít put my finger on it, itís a great song, but somethingís keeping it from being excellent.
Daughters (3.5 of 5)
Iím sure everyoneís heard this song. Itís better live. Good chorus, no solos, but I donít think one would fit in here, so good decision. Not quite deserving of a 4, but above a 3.
Try (5 of 5)
Awesome guitar intro. You can tell right away that this is heavier than the previous song. No clue what the lyrics are about, but the second time around youíll find yourself singing along with the chorus. Great guitar work throughout the song, and Palladino and Jordan keep a solid rhythm behind Mayerís guitar. Excellent closer to the CD, as this song lets it go out with a bang.
In all, this is a great CD. Even if youíre not a fan of Mayerís other works, Iíd still recommend this CD if youíre into blues-rock. Mayerís guitar work is definitely the focus here, Palladino and Jordan create a nice rhythm, but neither of them really standout throughout the CD. They do their job, but nothing more. In my opinion, there are no ďweak" tracks on here. A few average ones, but none that I will skip over everytime.
Wait Until Tomorrow
Another Kind of Green
I Got A Woman
Overall Rating: 4 of 5