John Mayer: The Most Underrated Musician of the Past 10 Years

3 03 2007

I know what most of you are thinking, “Your body is a wonderland”. That is exactly my point. When people hear the name John Mayer, they think of acoustic guitar and sappy love songs. Which isn’t completely wrong, his albums are full of songs about love and girls, but, he’s also one of the most talented guitar players and lyricists in my opinion since the early greats like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, etc. But if you only listen to John Mayer’s songs that you hear on the radio, you would have no idea.

John Mayer

If you listen to his albums, Continuum, Heavier Things, and Room for Squares, you can easily identify his talent for song writing but what these albums don’t showcase is his guitar playing ability. There are a few nice solos scattered around on each of the album, but the fact of the matter is, that music isn’t written for people who listen to Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. Mayer’s albums are produced for the radio and the mainstream. I’m not saying that is a bad thing. I still love all three albums, but, as I said before, his ability is not accurately portrayed there.

How many of you have heard of John Mayer Trio. I’m sure a few of you have, but I’m sure even fewer have actually heard it. Trio consists of John Mayer on guitar, Pino Palladino on bass, and Steve Jordan on drums. They have only recorded on album together so far, Try!, which is live but this album is where you can really hear Mayer let loose. His sound is much different as well. Trio has a more rock/jazz feel to it and it works well, even when they play songs from Mayer’s other albums.

Most guys I know, would never even give John Mayer a chance because they have an image of him in their head as a stand-alone Back Street Boy. Some people don’t even know that he writes and plays his own music. This is exactly the reason why he is the most underrated musician. Maybe it’s because people first started hearing him around the time that boy bands were just starting to die out, but he was unjustly stereotyped and profiled.

Mayer is no boy bander, but he is banging a girl who used to date one.

John Mayer and Jessica Simpson

For those of you who still don’t believe me, watch this video of John Mayer Trio, Who Did You Think I Was?




5 responses

3 03 2007
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4 03 2007

That song was actually pretty good.

Still doesn’t deserve Jessica Simpson. Fuck him.

4 03 2007


5 07 2008

Love John Mayer! I agree about his lyrics . . . if you really listen, you realize how great he really is. I think my favorite has to “My Stupid Mouth.” But honestly, nothing beats him live in concert – he never plays a song the same way twice.

11 02 2010

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