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Music Review: "Born and Raised", John Mayer

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Review of "Born and Raised"
Author: Joe Shermetaro

4 out of 5 Stars

John Mayer returns to us and possibly leaves us with arguably his best album yet.  Born and Raised will help Mayer fans forget the two-and-a-half year layoff and quickly bring them back to his best music.  The fifth album of Mayer’s successful career takes you through his growth and distance from a main stream lifestyle.


The difference between Mayer and past albums is how it seems he is finally making his music to be happy.  Mayer has changed his look and did his best to stay out of the media for the past year and succeeded at it.  From the single “Shadow Days” which was released a few months ago, “I’m a good man, with a good heart.  Had a tough time, got a rough start,” Mayer clearly wanted to move away from his past.  “Shadow days are gone now.”


The first song on the album is one I think could find Mayer a lot of success if it gets out as a single.  “Queen of California” is Mayer’s goodbye to all of the troubled times he went through and look into the lifestyle he seems to be searching.  “Something Like Olivia” is one of the more upbeat songs in the album and a personal favorite.  The most interesting track on the album has to be “Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967”.  The best line of the entire album comes from this song; “Because when you’re done with this world, you know the next is up to you.”


It has been two-and-half years since Battle Studies and once again John Mayer has put together an album that blew expectations away.  It’s a new style that Mayer went with as he tries to brand himself a different man than the one we saw running ‘his stupid mouth’.  With Mayer battling a serious throat condition, the future is unsure for the Grammy award winner but he left us with possibly his best yet.


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