It has been a long almost three and a half years since John Mayer last released music. As he previously stated, Mayer is releasing more songs than he ever has in any one single year. He is releasing four songs a month from his new album The Search for Everything, until the whole album is released in full. On January 20, he released Wave One of the album, with four songs:”Moving On and Getting Over,” “Changing,” “Love on the Weekend,” and “You’re Gonna Live Forever In Me.” Paradise Valley came out in August of 2013 and like his previous Born and Raised, it had a hint of folkiness and other country influences.
John Mayer has gone through all genres of music that you can explore. His first albums had the pop feel to them, then the classic Continuum was a more rock inspired album. The one thing all of his albums have in common is his insane musical talent, whether it be his vocals, his guitar solos, or his touching lyrics. The Search for Everything hints back to his roots on Continuum and Room for Squares with the more rock and pop inspired tunes. These four songs, however, sound more bluesy than any of his previous releases and they do not sound anything like the others in the EP, nor do they seem very similar to his older music. “Moving On and Getting Over,” “Changing,” “Love on the Weekend,” and “You’re Gonna Live Forever In Me” all have a new sound that John Mayer hadn’t explored before their release.
Since these songs are all so diverse from one another and from his older music, it took a lot to get used to. I was so used to hearing the country inspired melodies. That being said, I still loved this little burst of The Search for Everything.
1.Moving On and Getting Over
“Moving On and Getting Over” starts off with a cool bluesy tune on guitar. The lyrics are soulful and reminiscent of a past relationship, evocative of many of his other love ballads. He catches your attention in the chorus with the special diction of “I still can’t seem to get you off my mind” and really gets you to listen to the lyrics and what he’s saying. My favorite part of this song is the bridge beginning with “It’s taken me so long, just to say “so long'” and ending with “moving on.” The background vocals during the first “I’m moving on” really hit me and make this an easy song to jam out to.
Changing is probably the most emotional and relatable track on this EP. Especially for college students, we’re not sure what we want or where we will end up. John Mayer tells us, it’s okay to not know who we are, and that we are in a constant state of change. We are not who we were last year, or even yesterday. The instrumental in this song is a lot more subdued, with a tiny electric guitar solo, some piano and drums, but is my favorite part on the track. The draw of the song, to me, are the meaningful lyrics. It touches my heart and soul with the words, and the sound matches perfectly with what Mayer is saying. It is not an upbeat song, but more relaxed. Mayer just wants us to remember: We are not done changing.
3. Love on the Weekend
Where to begin with this song? “Love on the Weekend” has been released for 2 months now and I have been jamming to it ever since John Mayer debuted it on his livestream. When I first heard it, all I wanted to do was take a long drive at night with this song replaying for eternity. It has such a good tune and vibe to it that I instantly fell in love with it, despite being so different from his previous singles. Mayer writes about a newly born love and how we are so giddy about the other, and that’s exactly how I feel about this song. I get a warmth in my heart and my face lights up every time this song comes on. I just love it.
4. You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me
Yet another of John Mayer’s ballads. This song is so perfect on a rainy day. Mayer’s vocals are flawless and beautiful. The piano and tune of this song is moving and make such an important ballad. My favorite part of the song, besides the lyrics and the overall feel of the song, is the whistling. It adds a playful affect to the song and makes it feel casual. Mayer is just good at everything, even whistling. This song is so simply beautiful, as if he is just telling a passerby a short story, and the words flow so effortlessly together.
In general, yes, I may be a bit biased since I am a huge John Mayer fan, but I think he has created yet another amazing track list. These songs really hit me and make me feel the lyrics and the tune, and I think that’s the whole point of music. I am so looking forward to the rest of the songs on The Search for Everything.