John Mayer – Room for Squares

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John Mayer has really burst onto the scene and seems to be a bit of an overnight success – but as per usual things are never as they seem. The recent Grammy winner grew up in Connecticut and loved pop until a neighbour gave him a Stevie Ray Vaughan tape to listen to. The young lad had discovered blues: and two years later was playing guitar in clubs.

After attending the Berklee College of Music Mayer moved to Atlanta Georgia, where he self released an album called Inside Wants Out in 1999 on a small label that discovered such names as Hootie and the Blowfish and the Dave Matthews Band.

He released his debut album with a major recording label, Room for Squares. in September 2001 – but it wasn’t until radio play of his hits ‘Body is a Wonderland’ and “No such thing’ catapulted him into the limelight.

Room for Squares is an easy listen, and the two major hit singles from the album were really the only stand outs on the CD. The other songs are beautiful, but really back ground music rather than turn-up or singalong hits.

Your body is a wonderland is my favourite track because you can sing along with the melody – and lets face it, any guy that describes his girls body as a wonderland is an alright guy in my book.

This album would be great as music put on in the background of a casual dinner with mates: it isn’t imposing. John Meyer is really on the fore front of a new type of music – modern blues. We have had modern everything else… obviously the time for blues has come!

It may surprise you even if you are a pop music fan – John Mayer’s album is great. Even though it is a blues album I would recommend it to anyone in their late teens to early 20’s.

Tyler Wichman

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