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Born and Raised, the new album from Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician John Mayer. The first single, "Shadow Days," Billboard calls "a gentle and shimmering confluence of mellow Southern rock".

Mayer produced Born and Raised with Don Was, who worked on albums for acts such as the Rolling Stones, B.B. King and Bonnie Raitt. Rock legends David Crosby and Graham Nash provide vocals on the title song, "Born and Raised." Musicians joining Mayer on the album and on the road include highly-regarded keyboardist/pianist Chuck Leavell who has worked with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and The Allman Brothers Band as well as previous collaborators Sean Hurley on bass and Aaron Sterling on drums.

Mayer's previous albums Room for Squares, Heavier Things, Continuum and Battle Studies have sold more than 12 million copies combined. He has been honored with seven Grammy Awards and an additional 11 nominations. He has also been included in Time Magazine's annual Time 100 list of the most influential contemporary thinkers, leaders, artists and entertainers, and twice been featured on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine s annual "Guitar" issue.


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  • Audio CD (May 22, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B007MAETA8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (385 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,729 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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156 of 172 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Pecorino on May 22, 2012
Format: Audio CD
John Mayer's music is no Otis Redding or Radiohead. For the casual walk-in-the-park, secondhand-smoke listeners, it's still good accessible music. The real charm however lies in multiple listens, the layers that you peel away.

It's funny how I remember every phase of my last five years of existence through a John Mayer album. They're like bookmarks, neatly dividing the book into shades of white and grey. It all might sound a little too juvenile but it is what it is. Those albums remind me of a time smothered with so much innocence, it's unimaginable for me to shrug the feeling off. I find myself in a completely different position from how it was back then as I write about Mayer today. It's 2012 and I'm two albums away from the album that redefined how I interpreted music - Continuum. The parallel running similarities creep me out at times, but I've learned to live with it.

For the sake of this review, I realize that I must do one essential thing.

Fan boy mode : OFF

Finally, and gosh have we waited for 6 years, Born And Raised is everything Continuumwas and so much more.

After the success of Continuum, John wanted to shred the sumptuous bluesy pop ambience and write a country record. The plans had to take the back burner for a while as John decided to write something else instead for his next studio release. 2009's Battle Studies was a decent effort but for all it's worth, it was John Mayer lite - Fleetwood Mac-esque, low-key, striped-down melodies, super-polished mainstream pop record about heartbreak. A good album as a whole but it suffered from low listenability; faded away with time and got skipped almost every time his discography was revisited by the fans.
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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful By David on May 24, 2012
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I'm always surrounded by people who cringe at the mere mention of John Mayer. I can't say i'm surprised when people give me the "WTF" face whenever I tell them I'm a huge fan. Admittedly, it's a little tough to get yourself past songs like Your Body Is A Wonderland or Come Back To Bed and how overly pop they are so you can enjoy his music.

As I've always said, the real heart of a musicians repertoire lies deeper in their discography. You just have to do a little digging to find the real gems and masterpieces. Nobody I know has any clue what Wheel sounds like, or that John actually covered Hendrix on Continuum, or that he has SRV tattoo'd on his arm. For years, I was the same way. I wrote John Mayer off as some ridiculous pop hack writing catchy tunes just to get the girls excited... That was until a friend brought Try! into work one night and put it in for us to listen to. While everyone else was busy lamenting on how lame it was, I was fixated. I needed to hear more, and one of the tracks that stood out the most was Gravity. I had to have Continuum. That was the album that completely changed my position on Mayer's music. I've always been a blues fan, and I had rarely heard a contemporary artist channel the blues feeling as well as John did on that album. I'm Gonna Find Another you was absolutely beautiful and a perfect nod to Peter Green's Need Your Love So Bad. I've been a huge fan and promoter of John's music ever since. I gained an even deeper respect for him after learning about his affection for Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Where The Light is was the album that truly sealed the deal for me. It's Even better that he kinda sounds like Stevie. ;)

The point being that Born and Raised is no exception. It's equally as brilliant and addictive as Continuum.
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By D. Briscoe on May 25, 2012
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I was sure that I wasn't going to like this CD upon first listen.
Boy was I ever wrong. John Mayer is a musical genius with a very deep
soul. I'm 62yrs old, and I turned all of my six children on to John many years ago.
Born and Raised is a soundtrack for this age and for anyone on a journey to
self-understanding.

God bless you, John Mayer, for sharing your talent and your soul.
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64 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Dennis T. Nguyen on May 22, 2012
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Being as fair as I can be for someone who has been to eight concerts and owns pretty much every piece of his released work and more, I would have to say that this is not John's best work. Before anyone gets into the hissyfit about "growing as an artist", let me stop you there and say that I completely agree that no artist should ever stay stagnant and exploration is truly the best way one can express one's creativity. That being said, I don't know how to really feel about the trajectory of these past two albums.

If we follow the course charted out by his earliest work, Room for Squares, we see that even through the folky adolescent angst of a young man's lyrics, we hear the underpinnings of an artist setting himself to wade in the deep waters of a Blues Revival movement (i.e. City Love and Neon). In interview after interview he had always talked about making Blues music more accessible. With Heavier Things, he continued to push this agenda forward with songs like Come Back to Bed and to a degree, Daughters. At this point, if you're lucky enough to attend the live shows, the long Bluesy solos should clue you into what direction he's gravitating towards.

To solidify this argument I present to you, The John Mayer Trio. All out, no apologies, I don't give a funk BLUES! Truly an amazing album and concert series. Many of the younger fans ignored it, but for those of us waiting for what seemed like a grand inevitability, it was quite the epiphany. Armed with the fuel of this experimental album, he went back to the studio and gave what many consider his greatest work, Continuum. With this album, I believe he achieved what he set out to do all along; producing pop-centered tunes with a ooey gooey Bluesy center. To me, it was the pinnacle of his music career.
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Steve Jobs thoughts on Mayer.
I'm not sure about your assertion that Mayer's fanbase is mostly women. I would've agreed with that statement in the "Room for Squares" days, but since Continuum and the John Mayer Trio, he's established himself as a more adult musician who appeals to actual music fans as opposed to... Read More
Jun 11, 2012 by S. Brown |  See all 4 posts
Something about Mayer on the news.
lol. Interesting Josh. There really is no way of knowing if that is true or not unless we ask one of them who were in the relationship. Plus John knew about her big career success before he even got with Miss Perry so how the hell could that even be one of the reasons? Anyway, I can't wait for... Read More
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Lol @ the 1-star reviews wishing this was more like Continuum... Be the first to reply
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