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John Mayer “Paradise Valley” Review

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John Mayer’s highly anticipated new album “Paradise Valley” surely has created a much needed chaos for this masterpiece.  After learning about John’s surgery and struggles with his voice I was worried that he wouldn’t live up to his famous voice and the tone fans are used to. “Wildfire” is possibly my favorite song with his signature tone along with a more bluegrass approach with a steel guitar playing throughout.  There is also a second version featuring Frank Ocean; having such similar tones with wildlife noises and drums in the background. 

If you follow pop culture it’s no surprise that Katy Perry would be featured on a track.  “Who You Love” slows down the pace sounding like a lullaby of sorts.  If you haven’t heard other songs from Perry besides her radio hits you would be wondering who has this beautiful voice that melds so perfectly with Mayer. “Badge and Gun” is a southern ballad in which John utilizes guitar and violins.  “Call Me The Breeze” puts a southern spin on classic blues with typical John Mayer guitar solos.

“You’re No One Let’s You Down” sounds like an old time country classic with a melody that I would start dancing with a special someone.    “Waitin’ On The Day” takes a simplistic melody and combines it with powerful lyrics in order to create another Mayer hit.  All and all Mayer created another album with hit after hit.  I can see each of these songs becoming chart topping singles.

Jacklyn is the Editor In Chief of Stage Right Secrets. Jacklyn's photography and articles can also be found on The Recording Academy's GRAMMYPro, GRAMMYU, PopCrush, Taste of Country, among other outlets. Besides press Jacklyn is a "Jack of All Trades" working various jobs at local concerts and touring.