Room for Squares
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Mayer,John ~ Room For Squares
Singer-songwriter John Mayer fills his debut, Room for Squares, with pep talks to and advertisements for himself. Even when questioning his young life, Mayer's doubts come off glib; not one second of "Why Georgia" convinces that "the stirring in my soul" keeps the artiste awake at night. Between his Dave Matthews-wannabe vocals and the accomplished but bland lite rock of his band, he could be just as easily offering tunes for hire to a coming-of-age network series as making a stand for himself and his worldview. The premise of "City Love"--that Mayer couldn't find his way around Manhattan until finding a girlfriend to root him to the place--is nice but not edifying. "My Stupid Mouth" is similarly fuzzy; letting us in on just what he said to alienate a dinner partner would've gone a long way toward fleshing out the song's pat self-deprecation. Ultimately, Mayer comes off less like a commiserating friend than a blabbermouth who's forever forgetting there's someone else in the room. And instead of whining about a discarded lunch box ("83"), dude, learn to brown-bag it the way the rest of us did. --Rickey Wright
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The vinyl format is tops and delivery of this product was 2 weeks before the promised arrival. Thank you, AMAZON.
The SACD version of the album is very nice icing on the cake, so to speak, because the plain CD version already had excellent sound quality. What stands out about the sound quality and production value in both CD & SACD versions is the relatively uncompressed dynamics of the tracks and the reproduction of nuances like John's breathy vocals and the subtle guitar plucking. This is a real refreshing rarity these days when virtually all new pop releases are so heavily compressed and fatiguing that I can't listen for more than five minutes at a time. Unfortunately, great sound quality for mainstream music releases seem to be the exception rather than the rule. Twenty plus years ago, we had dynamic and punchy sounding pop music but now we regressed into the dark ages.