John Mayer has slowly grown on me in the years since debuting on radio stations all across the country. â€œSayâ€ was the track that really clinched that, being a perfect blend of soulful rock and honest vocals. Now, â€œWhere The Light Isâ€ gives me an idea of the live allure that Mayer has, placing listeners in three different positions â€“ seeing Mayer acoustically-based, as a trio, or as a full band. The 27 tracks on this CD act as a greatest hits and more, placing â€œWaiting On The World To Changeâ€, â€œNeonâ€, â€œWho Did You Think I Wasâ€, and â€œGravityâ€ among lesser-known (but still solid tracks) like â€œVulturesâ€, â€œCome When I Callâ€, and â€œIâ€™m Going To Find Another Youâ€.
Despite the fact that these recordings are live, the quality of the performanceâ€™s recording is simply stellar, ensuring that every nuance, every idiosyncrasy in Mayerâ€™s music is showcased as clear as day. Sony provides individuals with the opportunity to buy a DVD (or Blu-Ray) version of these tracks, which further immerses individuals in the mystique that is Mayerâ€™s style. Of particular note during these performances would have to be the covers that Mayer creates. This means that Tom Pettyâ€™s â€œFree Fallinâ€™â€ is modified, and in my opinion, is made stronger than the original. While I would not be as apt to say that Mayerâ€™s cover of Jimi Hendrixâ€™s â€œBold As Loveâ€ surpasses the original, the modification of the track is significant enough to make the song stand on its own merits.
I know that there would be more than enough in the way of individuals that would buy them, but whether Sony would actually want to go the Phish route and re-release a number of Mayerâ€™s performances is up in the air. The amount of variation that is present from the studio to the live performance of a track like â€œDaughtersâ€ shows that Mayer has the ability and capacity to drastically modify and expand on certain phrases, influences, and genres that were only briefly (if at all) touched upon on the original source material. My opinion to you: buy â€œWhere The Light Isâ€, find the contact name and email for the executive in charge of greenlighting projects, and see if further releases of Mayerâ€™s live shows would be a possibility. I know that I would bite, given the tremendous effort put forth during â€œWhere The Light Isâ€. Oh, and sad to say, but â€œSayâ€ isnâ€™t present here.
Top Tracks: Belief, Stop This Train
John Mayer â€“ Where The Light Is: Live In Los Angeles / 2008 Sony BMG / 27 Tracks / http://www.johnmayer.com / http://www.sonybmg.com /