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Written by Prajakta Hebbar
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Published: September 14, 2013 1:08:22 am


Album: Paradise Valley

Arist: John Mayer

Music: Folk rock,Acoustic rock

Price: Rs 499 on Sony Music

score: ***

Despite his infamous interview abilities — bear in mind the time when he used the N phrase and was slammed for being a racist — or his kiss-and-tell moments,everybody agrees that there’s extra to John Mayer than scandals or a curiously women-centric fan-base.

For Paradise Valley,we’d advise you to shut your eyes,erase your thoughts and neglect about Taylor Swift,Katy Perry and the assorted distractions that encompass the singer-guitarist-romantic.

As the title and the quilt artwork point out,Mayer is out in an open subject,wearing old school American garb as a pleasant canine seems to be up at him — Paradise Valley is a transparent reference to Mayer’s Montana retreat,the place he

recuperated after his throat surgical procedure (for granulomas close to his vocal twine). With his voice absolutely restored,Mayer appears to have put his tabloid-fixated life behind and moved onto a brand new section. His sixth studio album is delicate,rooted and autobiographical,lyrically restrained and an endearingly reflective affair. Musically,it’s extra completed and extra approachable.

The opening observe,Wildfire,is a tacky however gratifying observe the place Mayer yearns to develop previous together with his beloved one. In Dear Marie,he acknowledges his fame with a measure of embarrassment in a musical letter to a former highschool sweetheart; he even confesses to looking for her on-line. Paper Doll is a low-key (and apparent) response to Taylor Swift’s “ode” to their relationship,Dear John. “You’re like 22 women in a single,” sings Mayer,in what we assume,is a repartee to Swift’s 22. “And none of them know what they’re operating from/Was it simply too far to fall,” he croons. There’s one other rendition of Wildfire by vocalist Frank Ocean during which Mayer harmonises with the light piano and acoustic guitar within the background. Who You Love,that includes Katy Perry has the texture of an previous soul traditional. Perry,who sounds surprisingly actual and rooted,compliments Mayer properly on this duet.

While Mayer followers shall be ecstatic with Paradise Valley and critics grudgingly impressed,we advocate this album merely due to its languid feel-good aura. Breathe in,breathe out,loosen up and shoo away your troubles to Mayers’ dulcet vocals.

prajakta.hebbar@expressindia.com

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