Since his 2013 album release, not much has been heard from John Mayer, until now. On Friday, Mayer released the first “wave” of his album, “The Search for Everything.” This first part of the album features four songs, including his single “Love on the Weekend.” The plan is to continue to release waves of four songs at a time until the completed album is out. Mayer was quoted in a Rolling Stone interview saying, “The price of admission is four songs. If you don’t like these, don’t get the next four. But if I’ve engendered some kind of trust that you think I’m onto something, get the next four, and come along with me on every single wave.”
Here, we have a quick breakdown and review of the first four songs:
Moving On and Getting Out
The first thing that this song made me think of was Michael Buble’s “It’s a Beautiful Day,” but instead of wanting to dance in the streets, Mayer just makes you want to hold a middle finger up to your ex while nodding along to his groovy beat. Any song about being happy about a break up makes me smile; however, Mayer’s classic song lyric along with a beat that he’s never really experimented with before seem in conflict with each other in the beginning before finding a rhythm halfway through.
PSA: John Mayer is turning 40 this year. Yeah, the big 40. So how is it that he is singing a song about how he is still changing? And for a song about changing, it sounded very suspiciously like everything else he has ever released. I was very unenthused about this song for the entirety of it.
Love on the Weekend
Mayer’s previously released single is an ode to the struggles and the love in a long distance relationship. The song is almost like running away and taking in every moment of time together. It reminds me of Mayer’s very old sound. The imagery in his song is very strong and seems like the perfect song
You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me
This song is the opening to a super bittersweet story. You’ll get emotionally attached to the characters as they fall in love and when one of them dies, you will cry for a very long time. And I mean a very long time. This is the sweetest song on the EP, and I can’t wait to see all of the wedding videos on YouTube of people dancing to this song. First dance material.
All in all, the wave left me unenthused, but not entirely disappointed. It seemed that there was nothing new to expect.