In 2010 John Mayer gave one of the worst interviews in history to Playboy. In this interview he managed to insult every girl he’s dated in recent years. If that wasn’t enough, he then went on to offend every African- American woman on the planet. Along with the controversy in his personal life, Mayer has been recovering from throat surgery. In September of 2011 Mayer was diagnosed with granuloma (throat inflammation) just above his vocal cords. After his surgery Mayer was put on complete vocal cord rest for a month thus his album was pushed back to May 22nd and will be entitled ‘Born and Raised’ (Columbia). It will be Mayer’s fifth studio album and will feature twelve tracks.
On February 27th Mayer released the first single from ‘Born and Raised’ entitled ‘Shadow Days’. The track runs around the four minute mark and is in a familiar bluesy style that Mayer is famous for. The song starts off with a very up-tempo drum roll which leads into a multi-layered guitar track. The listener is then brought into a story when Mayer’s vocals come in. The lyrics seem to be about regret, loss, and making the best of his past and moving on. The chorus of the song is accentuated by a piano part and a slide guitar that slinks its way through the track. One of the best parts of the track is the pedal steel guitar throughout the song which gives it a unique flavor. The guitar solo around the 2:20 mark has a very George Harrison-esque feel to it. This solo then leads to another guitar solo played on what seems to be an acoustic double tracked with an electric guitar. After the guitar solo the song reaches its climax with a repeat of the chorus, the song then ends after this with a very smooth sounding outro.
I’m looking forward to Mayer releasing his new album. I hope he sticks to this formula that is exclusively his. I’m also looking forward to hearing guest spots from David Crosby, Graham Nash and keyboardist Chuck Leavell, who’s played with The Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, and The Rolling Stones. Best of luck Mr. Mayer.
Check Out The Track ‘Shadow Days’ Below:
Update (3/9/12 3:30 P.M.): “John Mayer cancels tour due to returning throat condition, will undergo surgery and indefinite ‘period of silence” (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS). John Mayer’s spring tour has been canceled. This is unfortunate as Mayer may not be able to promote his new record.
Mayer Released this statement: “During rehearsal on Tuesday, it came to mind that I should see my throat doctor because something didn’t feel/sound right. I went in for a visit on Wednesday and a scope of my vocal cords revealed that the granuloma has grown back where it had mostly healed. This is bad news. Because of this, I have no choice but to take an indefinite break from live performing. Though there will be a day when all of this will be behind me, it will sideline me for a longer period of time than I care to have you count down.” Keep Reading