Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Album Review: John Mayer, Born and Raised

Born and Raised is the fifth album from the gorgeous John Mayer. Following the criticisms of 2009's Battle Studies, health issues, some very not-well-thought-through interviews and a move to Montana to 'reflect in peace', this album is a 'clean slate' and is very much a back-to-basics kind of record, filled with dreamy melodies and nostalgic lyrics.

Not content with soft pop, alternative rock or jazz genre, Born and Raised marks a move to a more stripped back country sound and the multiple Grammy award winner sounds better than ever claiming it's the "most honest" he's ever been.

My top tracks are 'Shadow Days' (supposedly written about his relationship with Jennifer Aniston) and 'Queen of California' and 'Something About Olivia' which is one of the more light-hearted songs.

Listening to the beautiful music Mayer makes you would never guess it's the same asshole who has dated half of Hollywood, but whatever has brought on this new sound, it suits him! Mayer is more interesting to listen to than he's ever been!

Born and Raised is out now!

Rating: 8/10
Track Listing:

1.Queen of California

2.The Age of Worry

3.Shadow Days

4.Speak for Me

5.Something Like Olivia

6.Born & Raised

7.If I Ever Get Around To Living

8.Love is a Verb

9.Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967

10.Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey

11.A Face To Call Home

12.Born & Raised (Reprise)



  1. I'll give him a listen on your recommendation and let you know what I think. Quite partial to a bit of C&W. The blog looks great btw.

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