John Mayer seems to be sticking to the same rootsy, blues vibe as his previous album with his latest, “Paradise Valley.”
The album kicks off with an upbeat “Wildfire,” which seems to be the perfect end of summer tune.
Mayer croons about a relationship that has taken off in the right direction.
Later in the album another track titled “Wildfire” features Frank Ocean and serves as a sort of an interlude for the record.
However, it doesn’t add anything to the album, if anything, it takes away from the albums full potential.
The next song, “Dear Marie,” is a sweet song to what sounds like be a girlfriend prior to when Mayer was famous.
He spends the song looking back on how different his life could have been, something everyone does from time to time.
But mostly, the album is a look into the musician’s struggles over the past few years.
It is no secret that musicians use their music as a way to express themselves.
Mayer has taken advantage of this song writing tactic in “Paper Dolls.”
The song is rumored to be about Taylor Swift and their 2010 relationship.
Swift first penned “Dear John” for her 2010 album, “Speak Now.”
Mayer’s song features the lyrics “you’re like 22 girls in one,” – clearly a nod to Swift’s summer hit, “22.”
He goes on to sing “and none of them know what they’re running from/was it just too far to fall?”
Perhaps a nod to a lyric in ‘Dear John’? Swift wasn’t the only one Mayer sang about on the album, though
Not only did Mayer open up about his private relationship with the lady of pop, Katy Perry, but they also sang a duet together on the album.
“Who You Love” is a love ballad about being able to love who you want and not letting others influence you differently.
Mayer does a good job expressing what he’s been through and making it something others can relate to.
If there is one thing consistent throughout the course of his sixth studio album, it’s the fact that it takes awhile to get into it.
It’s not an immediate gratification you get from listening to, like some of his previous albums, including “Continuum” and “Room for Squares.”
Learning the songs and having the album on repeat has aided in experiencing the album to its full potential.
“Paradise Valley” is like a continuation of 2012’s “Born and Raised,” only this time, it’s more refined.
Story by Savannah Sawyer, Features Editor