ROOM FOR SQUARES

MIKE ROSS

, Last Updated: 3:56 PM ET


ROOM FOR SQUARES
John Mayer
(Sony)

A guy who can get away with a lyric like "One mile to every inch of your skin like porcelain, one pair of candy lips and your bubblegum tongue" is a force to be reckoned with. If you can get past that without gagging, read on. Atlanta's John Mayer is a powerful new entry to the rootsy-singer-songwriter-smart-pop-however-you-wanna-label-it sweepstakes.

Imagine a vocally more-pleasant Dave Matthews writing for adult contemporary radio. Honest, revealing lyrics like those found in Love Song For No One - "so tired of being alone/hurry up and get here" - and gorgeous melodies dominate this album. Some of these sunny pop tunes are too cute and clever for their own good (he's a Berklee guy), but there are astounding examples of songcraft here. Highly recommended for those not afraid to get in touch with their sensitive side.

Track Listing

  • 1. No Such Thing
  • 2. Why Georgia
  • 3. My Stupid Mouth
  • 4. Your Body Is A Wonderland
  • 5. Neon
  • 6. City Love
  • 7. 83
  • 8. 3x5
  • 9. Love Song For No One
  • 10. Back To You
  • 11. Great Indoors
  • 12. Not Myself
  • 13. St. Patrick's Day
     

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