A neighbor passed him a tape by Stevie Ray Vaughan in , the year Mayer turned 13, and he grew worryingly obsessed. A few years later, when he was 17, Mayer told his mother and father—an English teacher and a high school principal, respectively—he wanted to skip college and become a musician.
They did not react well. Mayer began to suffer from panic attacks. He dreaded landing in a mental hospital. After graduating from high school in , Mayer worked for two years at a gas station and played in blues clubs at night. By the fall of , anyone could hear early versions of several Room for Squares songs via his page on MP3. In a nod toward the jam band scene, Mayer also encouraged fans to tape his live shows and circulate the recordings. If Mayer initially gravitated toward the blues, he escaped whatever was on his trail through his accessibility and relentless eagerness to please.
But the album feels more polished than that. Mayer was a non-punk straight-edge guy; the song is mainly a fine showcase for his irksomely giant-thumbed guitar flash.
Arriving when assembly-line teen-pop and aggro nu-metal still ruled the airwaves, the album proved that pop could be delivered by the precocious boy with the guitar next door. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Articles Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. My Profile. Advanced Search. Stream or buy on:. Release Date September 18, In Love Reflection Introspection.
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