John Mayer
The Search for Everything - Wave Two


4.0
excellent

Review

by IfYouRun USER (19 Reviews)
February 24th, 2017 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A more varied addition in Wave Two of Mayer's 2017 series of releases

After a solid, yet slightly safe Wave One, John Mayer's 2017 episodic release has resumed with its second installment. The first wave featured some great and very easily digestible songs, with only one misstep out of the four tracks there, and whilst it didn't break any new ground, it left Mayer with a good basis on which to build.

Musically, Wave Two feels more diverse than Wave One immediately. First track "Still Feel Like Your Man" is a heavily funk inspired number that opens with a piano flourish and some layered vocals, and which continues the trend of Wave One's opener "Moving On And Getting Over" of not being overly flashy regarding Mayer's guitar work, yet impressing as a whole. This is contrasted by third track "Helpless", which is led by a simple yet brilliant guitar line and has flourishes all over it, even including two different solos which feel technical yet never out of place. The chorus to this track is also the catchiest moment on the EP, as Mayer sings "If I'm helpless tell me now, tell me now, and I'll stop trying to figure it out."

Wave Two also sees Mayer tap more into his later work which began on Born & Raised, with the closer "Roll It On Home" containing a heavy country vibe. A heavily American folk song that feels ripped straight from the Deep South, it creates more of scene lyrically than the rest of the EP, as Mayer mentions whiskey, bars and "Johnny on the jukebox", and it's undoubtedly a song that benefited from his forays into country on Paradise Valley.

Lyrically the EP doesn't move too far from the usual moving-on-from-relationships theme of his past work. The strangely named "Emoji of a Wave" is the second track and it's lyrics are in a slightly more desperate vein though, one perhaps not heard since "Slow Dancing In A Burning Room", as he sings "It breaks my heart, it's just a wave, and I know that when it comes I just hold on until it's gone."

Two waves in and it's apparent that this will be Mayer's most varied release yet, with the eight songs so far taking in every single aspect of his solo career to date. The second wave is certainly more varied, and it also doesn't contain a song as poor as Wave One's "Changing". What's more, whilst the almost episodic releasing of this record could be seen as a marketing gimmick (and it probably is), it's working so far, as I'm genuinely looking forward to that Friday late in each month where I get more music from John Mayer.

With the addition of these four songs, this is overall shaping up to be one of the most interesting releases in Mayer's career, and also his best for many years.



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Killerhit
February 24th 2017


6013 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

emoji of a wave is fucking beautiful despite the really dumb name



also the harmonies on still feel like your man ruuule



pos

nolerthebowler
February 24th 2017


2755 Comments


emoji of a wave is fucking beautiful despite the really dumb name [2]


gotsthedewsdood
February 24th 2017


705 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, have a pos.



I'm digging this quite a bit.

tommygun
February 24th 2017


26839 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

helpless rules, exactly the kind of funky dancey bluesy guitar solo-y JAM i wanted from JM

tommygun
February 27th 2017


26839 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

that fuckin shampoo line in SFLYM ~~~

CalculatingInfinity
February 27th 2017


8673 Comments


Will this be the John Mayer which I've wanted since Continuum?

tommygun
February 27th 2017


26839 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it's not quite continuum part ii, different vibes, new tunes feel grander in scope (esp emoji of a wave)





helpless is very trio-ish tho (recorded with steve and pino)

CalculatingInfinity
February 27th 2017


8673 Comments


I mean in terms of quality, I can deal with different types of songs.

CalculatingInfinity
February 27th 2017


8673 Comments


Emoji of a Wave is great yay :D

I'll have to check this.

brainmelter
February 28th 2017


6061 Comments


if this is even close to as good to continuum I'll give it a listen

Digging: Pretend - Bones In The Soil, Rust In The Oil

nolerthebowler
February 28th 2017


2755 Comments


The first two songs on this are catchy as FUCK

SB129
February 28th 2017


350 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Both waves are his best material since Continuum, easily.

tommygun
March 1st 2017


26839 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

johnny boy still got it



paradise valley was tripe and had me worried but now bam bam bam he's back in form

Rigma
March 2nd 2017


852 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

meh

lesmartels
March 6th 2017


7 Comments


Funny that you mention again that Changing (from Wave One) is the weakest track of the eight so far released ... 'cause it's my favorite !

The calm voice, the build up, the guitar solo. It's pure joy.

conditionals
April 4th 2017


555 Comments


So are we thinking that Columbia nixed Mayer's plans for the waves and forced him to put out a 12 track album instead? It's a shame, but at the same time, I think the currently released tracks would gel well within the context of an album.

nolerthebowler
April 5th 2017


2755 Comments


I'm finding myself pretty excited to hear the last 4 songs tbh!!



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