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Born and Raised
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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
God bless you, John Mayer, for sharing your talent and your soul.
This album is quite good. "Queen of California" is probably the best track-- its final 75 seconds of complexly layered guitar will make you melt. "If I Ever Get Around to Living" has the rare and gratifying combination of delicacy and soulfulness. "Walt Grace's Submarine Test" is one of the best story songs since Bob Dylan's "Boots of Spanish Leather."
This album has more of a folksy and country taste than his others, but it's subtle and varied. There is pedal steel on three tracks (Queen of California, Shadow Days, and Whiskey Whiskey Whiskey) and lap steel on another (Born and Raised). I don't recall if this is JM's first time using steel guitar, but he uses it well. In fact, my only complaint is that he doesn't use it often enough.
Continuum is still his best album, and it isn't really close, but Born & Raised is a worthy and timely addition. Given the rapid musical desertification that is occurring at the hands of dance-pop glitz infested radio, Born & Raised comes as an intensely quenching and relieving swig of cool water. We should support this album for that reason alone-- to show that we still crave popular music that has soul.
P.S. - If you adore this album, then you'd probably also adore a similarly folksy and steel-guitar-y album from Ray LaMontagne: God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic CD. I was never a big JM fan, but this album is really, really good!!Published 4 days ago by S. Switzer
A fantastic and underrated album from Mayer, if you like folk, country rock, americana type sounds, then get this, it's full of introspective lyrics and catchy melodies.Published 1 month ago by Austin
This is, without any shred of a doubt, my favorite album of all time. I'm going to be buried with the vinyl copy I bought when I bought my first record player.Published 3 months ago by Aaron Canada
I ignored JM for a long time, thinking he made mostly poppy fluff. Then I happened across "Try" early this year. Eye opener. Love the Trio! Read morePublished 3 months ago by jazm44
"Country& Folksy" John Mayer! I'm not being judgemental; but who doesn't simply LOVE "Gravity?" This is NOT that!Published 3 months ago by Audiophile MB (Marco B.-NYC)
My copy was warped from heat in transit, so I returned it. However, the vinyl is beautiful. The album is a masterpiece.Published 4 months ago by Leroy Parker