John Mayer has released the first four songs from his new album, The Search For Everything. It’s not a standard release process as he’s releasing four songs per month until the whole thing is out in full, which is certainly something fresh and unique. Wave One features four incredible songs including the first single Love On The Weekend which was released before Christmas last year. Each song is superb in their own unique way and if these four songs are anything to go by, The Search For Everything will be one of the best albums of 2017.
Moving On And Getting Over is the first track and sees Mayer return to his Continuum best, an album which was released 11 years ago in 2006. It’s unbelievable to think that a decade has already passed since that album was released and this track has echoes if it’s greatness while still sounding fresh and modern in 2017. And of course having Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino on drums and bass adds to the overall feel of the songs, two guys who have worked with Mayer numerous times in the past and two guys who are up there with the best on their respective instruments. Changing is the second song which is brimming with acoustic textures and Mayer really hits his stride here lyrically. It’s probably my least favourite out of these four songs but that’s not to say that it’s bad in any way because it’s a beautiful song, especially musically. Mayer takes off on a gorgeous solo nearly halfway through the track, a solo which is dripping with blues influences which fits beautifully in this great pop song.
- Moving On And Getting Over
- Love On The Weekend
- You’re Gonna Live Forever In Me
The third song is Love On The Weekend which was the first song and single to be released from his new album. It’s classic Mayer at his pop best. Yet it’s the final song from Wave One that stands out the most to me. You’re Gonna Live Forever In Me is one of the most beautiful sounding songs he’s ever written and the first time I listened to it I was immediately reminded of Randy Newman. It’s a song that would fit effortlessly into a Pixar movie, it has that feel, that sound, that tone. It’s a song you can imagine being played over a scene where the character is reminiscing about their past which happens often in Pixar movies. And it’s often one of the finest moments of a Pixar movie and this song has that whole vibe to it. It’s gorgeous and I’ve found myself listening to this one song on repeat for hours now. Absolutely beautiful.
Overall these first four songs from Mayer’s new album are some of his best work in years. Not to forget about his last two studio albums Born And Raised and Paradise Valley, it’s nice to hear Mayer return to the same pop feel as Continuum and to some extent Battle Studies. Pop is what he does best, it’s where his writing really shines through and these four songs shine so brightly. And it’s not surprising that these four songs have the same feeling as Continuum because Mayer confirmed on Twitter that he used the same guys to mix and master these new songs. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album.