Song of the Day #4,773: ‘New Light’ – John Mayer

Counting down my favorite songs from the new John Mayer album, Sob Rock

#2. ‘New Light’

‘New Light’ is the oldest song on Sob Rock, having been released as a single way back in 2018, so it feels a little weird to write about it as a favorite song from this album when it’s been a favorite on its own for three years.

But I don’t want to penalize such a stellar track because it’s not brand-new. And the song fits just beautifully on the album sonically, making me wonder if Mayer had this 80s-inspired project in mind for all these years.

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Song of the Day #4,772: ‘Til the Right One Comes’ – John Mayer

Counting down my favorite songs from the new John Mayer album, Sob Rock

#3. ‘Til the Right One Comes’

Few people deliver breezy pop as well as John Mayer, and this song is a great example of how he spins gold out of a very simple ditty.

‘Til the Right One Comes’ gives me definite Paul Simon vibes, and its keyboards hint at Talking Heads’ ‘This Must Be the Place.’ I don’t know if he was deliberately seeking to invoke 80s world music (minus the drums) but that’s the feeling I get.

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Song of the Day #4,770: ‘Shouldn’t Matter But It Does’ – John Mayer

John Mayer released his eighth album, the cheekily titled Sob Rock, about a week ago. In both style and sound, it is a throwback to the sounds of 80s pop.

Mayer has yet to put out a bad album, and this one continues the streak. It’s a bit lean at ten tracks, especially given that three of them were released prior to this year. I had hoped for more material after a four-year wait. But what we’ve gotten is quite good, so I can’t complain too much.

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Song of the Day #4,769: ‘Stop!’ – The Bens

Here’s a track from the four-song 2004 self-titled EP by The Bens, a “supergroup” made up of Ben Folds, Ben Kweller, and Ben Lee.

Followers of this blog will likely guess correctly that I bought this little oddity due to the presence of Folds, one of my favorite artists. I was not at all familiar with Kweller or Lee, nor have I become so since.

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