Review: The Search for Everything: Wave One by John Mayer

The Search for Everything: Wave One by John MayerThis is Wave One, meaning, John Mayer seemingly has decided to play the post-streaming game. This is the first four tracks he’s releasing from his upcoming album The Search for Everything, providing this blog with a dilemma: do we review the first four tracks first, or do we wait for everything else to drop? We decided to play the post-streaming game, too. It’s been four years since he released Paradise Valley, in which John continued to explore Americana. For these songs it seems he’s returned, somewhat, to his pop-rock sound. Well, of course not entirely: there’s a meander here that was more a trademark of his later stuff, but so far nothing that captures Continuum-like heights. But the songs, well, they’re good enough, but you tend to wonder: why release four songs at a time? Maybe it’s my orientation towards studio albums, but I was left not sure where all this is headed. It’s an unfinished project, and you want more – and, at least until the second set of songs, that is not a good thing. [NB]4/5

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