"Born and Raised," by John Mayer. Columbia.
John Mayer seems to tackle a new genre with each album he creates. And, maybe because he hasn't really done much with it before, Mayer used his latest album, "Born and Raised," to explore the roots of folk music.
Probably the most successful folk track on the album is "The Age of Worry," though "Queen of California" gives the album a strong introduction. These songs are accompanied predominantly by acoustic guitar, adding to their easy and familiar sound.
What Mayer has realized is that his voice works well in many areas of music. Each album highlights just another facet of what makes him such a talented and successful artist. Between his vocal skills and his versatile voice, Mayer has dominated each genre with simple, iconic songwriting and a clear voice.
The first single from this album is "Shadow Days," which has been circling the airwaves for weeks already and has already hit the No. 14 spot on the Billboard chart for U.S. adult pop songs:
"Now I'm right here, and I'm right now / And I'm open, knowing somehow / That my shadow days are over / My shadow days are over."
Where he will go, no one knows, but one thing is for sure. John Mayer knows his craft, and he takes it very seriously. "Born and Raised" seems, at its root, to be a reflection back on his early days, and an understanding that he has changed. And, if we are to take this album with any consideration, we will hear in his voice that even better things are yet to come.
"Born and Raised" will be released May 22.