This album was recorded after Mayer underwent multiple surgeries to address a granuloma on his vocal cords. A year earlier, he had resigned himself to performing as a session musician on other artist’s recordings — a role that, with his guitar skills, he could have performed admirably.
It’s like clockwork. John Mayer always wins me over with a melancholy finger-picked ballad.
On his most recent album, Paradise Valley, it was ‘Dear Marie,’ a simple blues track sung to a woman he knew as a kid (assuming the song is autobiographical).
Mayer has settled into a country folk groove that suits him perfectly. His delicate guitar work and pretty melodies are tailor made for this back porch acoustic vibe. And he’s writing some of the best songs of his career.