There are two older songs -- "Something's Missing" and the hit "Daughters," both from Heavier Things -- but the rest consists of covers of Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles "Wait Until Tomorrow" and "I Got a Woman," respectively and new songs that showcase Mayer 's earthier, blues-rock direction. And that's what's most impressive about Try! Based on this, he has more heart, soul, ambition, and chops than the rest of them combined.
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Verified Purchase. I enjoy John Mayer's music and style but preferably his "Trio" approach. The reviews are all over the map on this one but you would have to have crap in your ears if you don't appreciate the musicianship as well as the material.
As the liner notes reflect That takes guts and you have to be secure in your skin to pursue the fork in the road and Mayer commits with the backing of Steve and Pino. The "Trio" plays some serious guitar, bass and drums. From the album Try!
Musicians John Mayer — vocals , guitar , production , art direction , graphic design Steve Jordan — drums , backing vocals , production Pino Palladino — bass , backing vocals Chalmers Alford — guitar on track 11 Additional personnel Ames Bros.
The Cincinnati Post. Scripps Company. Retrieved Archived from the original on John Mayer Trio Live in Concert". Robert Christgau. Rolling Stone. Recording Industry Association of America. But no--apparently this is John's composition, played and sung by John with--dare it I say it?
And it's not even the peak of the concert. There's lots more to come. The encore section is 20 minutes long, including a raw rocking version of "Something's Missing. Charles did. There's a lot of variety here--a fun, funky cover of Hendrix' "Wait Until Tomorrow", "Daughters" for those of us who can't get enough of "classic John".
The "green" song that follows "Out of My Mind" reminds me of the Beatles circa I love the way he ends this one--it fades out to him and this little funky rhythmic thing. On a live album, you're either on your game or you're not. Nothing to hid behind.
Nothing to prop you up. And it's just him and two awesome rhythm masters who, like BB King, Clapton, etc. Not that they have to with John. He is ON here. The crowds he played to here were much smaller and quieter than the ones on "Any Given Tuesday.
But frankly, this captures a lot of what he's really like in concert. No stupid mouth on this one--he banters with the crowd a little bit, but it's mostly playing and jamming and singing. For the heart and the energy that comes through here, I can put up with a little bit of crowd noise and appreciation. If he goes in this direction in the future, this is the place he began to make grown up music.
I hope his fans will be smart enough to make the journey with him from teen idol to blues master. I'm new to the blues genre, which is why I have to thank John Mayer for making it accessible on a commercial scale.
Though this may annoy or anger hard-core blues fans, I personally think it's a good thing. I've listened to John since he first released Room For Squares. I've always enjoyed his work, but always felt he was being marketed as something he wasn't: i. With Continuum, I finally saw the REAL John Mayer in action -- though his previous performances at awards ceremonies my main source of JM 'live' appearances, considering where I live have been consistently spectacular.
Maybe that's why I knew he was capable of much more, if only the recording company would let him shine. I probably should've bought Try!
Thank goodness for Amazon. Every piece is a masterpiece, but personally speaking, 3 definitely stand out. Vultures, my top favourite from Continuum, is unbelievable "live", with John's raw, slightly raspy vocals conveying much more poignance than the no-doubt-tweaked-and-retweaked studio version. Out Of My Mind, on the other hand, literally blew my mind pun intended :! I first heard it in the car driving to work.
Immediately turned up the volume and reckon I almost broke the windscreen haha. John may not be hailed as a really good singer his skills on the guitar usually steal the limelight , but his delivery on Out Of My Mind easily rivals the great Ray Charles -- the resemblance is spooky, man. Best track by far, however, is I Got A Woman. Quite a crowd pleaser, considering its origins and a later sampling on Kanye West's Gold Digger , but absolutely perfect here.
Great vocals, cool-beyond-cool jamming, super hot and steamy. Am predicting a looong life cycle in my stereo -- for the next few months at least.
Truly mind-blowing. I highly recommend this to anyone who'd like to know what great musical talent sounds like. See all reviews.
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