At some point around the release of “Waiting On The World To Change” my viewpoint of John Mayer changed. I still can’t stand his earlier work, but since then I have steadily enjoyed his latest releases more and more. No longer do I feel that he qualifies as ‘Dave Matthews Light”.
His latest album, “Born and Raised”, is a pleasant listen. It harkens to classic laid back Southern California rock. The songs are not heavy on electric guitar, but instead utilize soothing acoustic sounds. A few of the songs even have a taste of “Nashville” Dylan. “Shadow Days” is the first single off the record. It features a catchy, almost timeless guitar riff. Other favorites for me include “Queen of California” and “Something Like Olivia”. Each song on the album is worth a listen. My opinion may change but upon first listening I highly enjoyed “Born and Raised” as one of the best of the year so far.