John Mayer: Born and Raised Review

John Mayer’s fifth studio album is a smooth return to roots, both musically and thematically. Mayer has always been a crooner that seems to try to dig deeper than the disposable veneer many popular artists rely so heavily on. His music has always felt very authentic, and Born and Raised is no exception.

The songs on the album evoke images of people and places that were once familiar, but are now distant memories. They also seem to deal with the need to bridge past and future realities by focusing on making the most of the present. It is this sentiment that links the album together as such a meaningful and cohesive whole.

Musically, Mayer’s style is every bit as professional and compelling as it’s ever been. The blend of instrumentation includes a range of acoustic and electric methods, and Mayer’s well-honed vocals tie everything up in an impressive package.

If you’re a Mayer fan, you’ll definitely love this album. If you’re not, give it a chance but don’t expect it to be too groundbreaking. With Born and Raised, Mayer depends on his trademark style, but refines it and allows it to keep reaching ever deeper.

The Review: 8.5/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Love Is A Verb
– If I Ever Get Around to Living
– Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967
– A Face to Call Home

The Big Hit

– Love Is A Verb

Review by Tyler Quiring

Pete Francis

Pete Francis is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Blues Rock Review. Pete launched Blues Rock Review full-time in 2011 because he felt there was a major void in how the blues rock genre was covered. Pete is the host of Blues Rock Weekly and a co-host on the Blues Rock Show.

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