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Album Review

After John Mayer hooked up with producer John Alagia (who had previously worked with Dave Matthews) to record Room for Squares, a lot of people thought of him as a second Matthews. But taking a listen to Mayer's first relase, Inside Wants Out, half of which turned up in re-recorded form on Room for Squares, is liable to remind the listener more of an earlier antecedent, 1970s folk-jazz performer Michael Franks of "Popsicle Toes" fame. Like Franks, Mayer has a wheezy, phlegmatic tenor — and though the arrangements focus on his acoustic guitar, even when a few other instruments are brought in, he doesn't restrict himself to folk chords, instead throwing in some jazzy elements. His material is better when he cuts through the affectations, however. The best songs, neither of which were repeated on Room for Squares, are "Love Soon" and "Comfortable." In the latter, he sings to a former flame about his current girlfriend, illuminating how different one love interest can be from another. "Life of the party, and she swears that she's arty," he notes of the new girl, "but you could distinguish Miles from Coltrane," which is clearly more of an attribute for him. The attention paid to detail in his lyrics (as well as an ear for a well-turned phrase, such as his observation that the new girl "poses for pictures that aren't being taken") marks Mayer as an original songwriter, if sometimes a precious one. [For the 2002 reissue that appeared Columbia Records, Vlado Miller re-sequenced this EP, placing the four songs that also appeared on Room for Squares up front. But new fans should listen to the rest of the disc as well, since they may hear Mayer in a more direct and honest way.]

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Inside Wants Out

Inside Wants Out - John Mayer This is a phenominal album. It's John's breakthrough and one of my favorites. Back to You- 4/5, very catchy and fun to scream out the lyrics while driving on an empty street @ 1am :) No Such Thing- 5/5, great lyrics that most of us can relate to some point in our lives My Stupid Mouth- 4/5, lyrics sound sincere, you can tell it's real Neon- 4/5, Awesome song, although the lyrics are hard to understand in some parts, beautiful melody Victoria- 4/5, "hey, tori came by, she says to say goodbye" - beautiful but heart breaking if you listen to it enough Love Soon- 4/5, catchy and upbeat Comfortable- 3/5, just ok tune in my opinion, but the lyrics are awesome! Quiet- 5/5, beautiful, bittersweet, one of my favorite John Mayer songs of all time "And all my fears have cornered my here, my and my TV screen." - amazing and tear-jerking :) :( This album rocks!


I first heard this album when i was a junior in high school (2000) a girlfriend gave me the album, it was one of her favorites, it quickly turned into one of mine and to this day this is still my favorite john mayer album (I own all of them) and probably always will be. The songs seem to hit close to home, they have a familiar feel to them. The lyrics are heartfelt, john mayer playes a nasty guitar and you can listen to this cd in any mood. Quintessential album for any john mayer fan

simply amazing

this album is amazing, the best calming, down to earth smoothe songs... i'd say some of his best singles are on this cd


Born: October 16, 1977 in Bridgeport, CT

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

After making his introduction as a sensitive, acoustic-styled songwriter on 2001's Room for Squares, John Mayer steadily widened his approach over the subsequent years, encompassing everything from blues-rock to adult contemporary in the process. Arriving during the tail end of teen pop's heyday, he crafted pop music for a more discerning audience, spiking his songcraft with jazz chords and literate turns of phrase. The combination proved to be quite popular, as Room for Squares went triple platinum...
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