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Paradise Valley

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Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and musician John Mayer returns with his new album Paradise Valley, which he produced with longtime collaborator Don Was. The first single is the track Paper Doll. This album coincides with John's first US tour in three years, which will hit 40 cities from July 6th through early October.
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  • Audio CD (August 20, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (349 customer reviews)
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For the love of music stop comparing everything Mayer does to Continuum. He's not even the same person anymore. I'll bet you aren't still listening to the same music you listened to 7 years ago (with the aparent exception of Continuum) - why should he make the same music. Things change folks.

Anyway, rant over.

If you liked Born and Raised - you will like Paradise Valley.

If you didn't like Born and Raised - go somewhere else. This isn't for you.

Thank you.
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OK. Let's tackle the elephant in the room: This is not the kind of music John is known for. Ok.

I'm tired of reading things like: This is "different" music than what John should be doing; John is supposed to be doing blues; Continuum is so much better; He's a hipster. Blah Blah Blah.

Yes, it's obvious John has taken a different approach to his music in his later years. However, let's be grown-ups and rate the music for music, not for what he used to play before. If you don't like this album (like a HUGE percentage of his fan base), then that is fine. However, different doesn't equal worse. Different is different; we should appreciate all kind's of music.

To be clear, I prefer John's Continuum or TRY phase A LOT more than this. Regardless, here is my review.


Music Production: 5/5
-John seems to be improving in his production of albums. He is able to reach a perfect level of warmth in his music, without going overboard and sounding too overproduced like a lot of artist do today.

Lyrics: 4/5
-John has proven to be one of the best (if not the best) songwriters of his generation. Paradise Valley picks off where he left off with Born and Raised and continues to write wonderful lyrics. I found B&R to be his absolute best songwriting. While this is not up there with B&R (and some of his older music), most of the songs on this album are written wonderfully.

Musical Arrangements/Style: 4/5
-This is a tricky subject. While some would argue this album is very monotonous, I believe it is really good for the style he is going for. Again, while I prefer some of his masterful arrangements (like Something's Missing or Clarity), I think these arrangements are beautiful.
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I am among those who believe that "Born and Raised" was one of John Mayer's greatest achievements. Introspective lyrics, thoughtful singing, nicely played singer songwriter music. But I now guess that those introspection motivations have been purged from his system, as "Paradise Valley" plays the same sort of lite-folk rock, but without the emotional substance. Sure, he still plays guitar like the whizz-kid he was when his first album dropped 10 years ago (!), and he shoulders the mantle of early eighties Eric Clapton quite well. However, Clapton's albums in the early eighties were light-weight. So is "Paradise Valley."

It does indicate that the folk-pop of "Born and Raised" was no fluke, and many of the songs here sound delightful on first passing. "Wildfire" really does that "Slowhand" thing better than about anyone short of Eric himself, or even how it neatly references the style of Jerry Garcia, and it's hard to go wrong when you pick a song from the late JJ Cale as your cover-version ("Call Me The Breeze," ironically first popularized by Lynyrd Skynyrd). He goes for some of that introspection on "Dear Marie," but the lyric is more like a self-directed pity party. Same goes for "Paper Doll," his response to Taylor Swift's "Dear John." Although I love the line about "22 girls in one." It's all cushioned in the 70's style that defined the likes of Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor as kingpins of mellow country rock, right down the the pedal steel in the clever "You're No-one Till Someone Lets You Down."

There are still a couple of unpredictable moments here that, oddly enough, come from the invited guests. Hip-hop artist Frank Ocean does a brief reprise of "Wildfire" that recasts the album's opening gambit as a soulful interlude.
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Christmas came a little early to the Patterson house, with the arrival of a precious gift I've been waiting for all year. I'm not talking about our daughter Amanda's return from the Middle East--though we're grateful for that, too. No, I'm talking about the release of John Mayer's new album, "Paradise Valley".

Since my husband Brad's unspeakable accident, I have been left with certain needs--for companionship, understanding and emotional fulfillment. And who better to supply that than John Mayer? With his pound-puppy eyes, breathy voice, and probing poetry--well, don't get me started! So for Christmas, I decided to treat myself to John's new album.

Now ladies, I'll bet a lot of you feel the same way I do about John Mayer--maybe more than some of you would care to admit! Sad to say, most men just don't get it. I think some of them are downright threatened--as ridiculous as that is. For instance, Brad is an amateur musician, and if it were up to him, he'd provide 100% of my musical entertainment for the rest of my life. But as much as I love our John Denver sing-alongs, sometimes you just want to sit back, press play and enjoy the work of professionals. Ladies, you know what I'm talking about! And that's when I reach for John Mayer.

I know I'm not alone in this. But we gals are often forced to enjoy our John Mayer in secret, in those stolen moments at home. Like the other day, while I was shining our front door's brass handle--tedious work, but not when I do it with John. Or take my dear friend Lizette. She lives with her husband and their three sons on a ranch in Virginia, raising chickens and squash. About the only place she can find to enjoy John is in the chicken coop, as she prepares the family supper.
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Why is Wildfire shown twice in the tracklisting?
Actually, I think that is correct. I don't understand it, but apparently there are 2 songs titled Wildfire on the album. Anyone have any more info?
Jul 18, 2013 by BigGoose62 |  See all 8 posts
Can't Wait to Hear!
I had NO clue he was coming out with a CD this year!!!!! I am definitely gonna get it as I have all of his studio creations and one live CD. I honestly can't wait!! :D:D:D
Jul 13, 2013 by Adrian |  See all 4 posts
Ugh, not another guy trying to be a cowboy
Doesn't look like a cowboy look to me. More like the hipster look.
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