John Mayer - Paradise Valley

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Paradise Valley is the sixth studio album by American musician, singer-songwriter John Mayer, released in August 2013 by Columbia Records.

The Americana-tinged Paradise Valley, is an introspective if somewhat more upbeat affair than his similarly country-inflected 2012 release, ‘Born And Raised’.

On Paradise Valley, he’s throwing his chips down on country even more, the wonderful lead single “Wildfire” and “You’re No One ‘Til Someone Lets You Down” veer close to pure country, though he wisely holds himself back from trying to ape a purist sound for which he’s not properly equipped.

“Country” isn’t a misclassification here; it’s an integral element to this record’s sonic. But as with his past outings, Mayer isn’t “purely” anything; on Paradise Valley he brings in the blues, rock and even a little bit of hummable pop. The latter is where “Paper Doll”, his rejoinder to Taylor Swift’s “Dear John”, comes in. The song’s headline-worthy lyrics are smart in a way few will likely give them credit for, and the light quality of the music blends in perfectly with its otherwise un-poppy surroundings. Preceding “Paper Doll” is the melancholy “Waitin’ On The Day” and immediately after it is a straightforward take on the blues classic “Call Me The Breeze. The calm-and-collected quality underlying all these songs gives them a cohesion that’s easy to miss, especially considering the subtle genre variations that occur here. 

The two collaborations he obtained for this album not only enhance his playing but they also enhance the talent of the additional performers as well. Frank Ocean drops in to repay the favour Mayer gave him on 2012’s“Channel Orange”(he played guitar on the interlude “White”) by contributing his own interlude, the campfire-evoking “Wildfire”, with insect noises to boot. Most jaw-dropping of all, however, is Katy Perry, who joins Mayer on “Who You Love” to provide some gorgeous backing vocals.

The level of growth on Paradise Valley with respect to Mayer’s ability as a singer/songwriter is remarkable. Ultimately however, the sound of Paradise Valley rings true.

Check out the tracks: “Paper Doll”; “Wildfire” and “Who You Love”. 

This LP record with a CD copy of the album is pressed in the USA on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Wildfire

4:15

A2

Dear Marie

3:44

A3

Waitin’ On The Day

4:35

A4

Paper Doll

4:19

A5

Call Me The Breeze

3:27

B1

Who You Love (Feat. Katy Perry)

4:12

B2

I Will Be Found (Lost At Sea)

4:03

B3

Wildfire (Reprise) (Feat. Frank Ocean)

1:28

B4

You’re No One ‘Til Someone Lets You Down

2:48

B5

Badge And Gun

3:15

B6

On The Way Home

3:59

 

 

 

Compact Disc

 

CD-1

Wildfire

4:15

CD-2

Dear Marie

3:44

CD-3

Waitin’ On The Day

4:35

CD-4

Paper Doll

4:19

CD-5

Call Me The Breeze

3:27

CD-6

Who You Love (Feat. Katy Perry)

4:12

CD-7

I Will Be Found (Lost At Sea)

4:03

CD-8

Wildfire (Reprise) (Feat. Frank Ocean)

1:28

CD-9

You’re No One ‘Til Someone Lets You Down

2:48

CD-10

Badge And Gun

3:15

CD-11

On The Way Home

3:59

SKU 888837564816
Record Label Columbia Records
Label / Model # Sony
Catalogue Number 88883 75648 1
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 19 October 2013
Original Release Date (Year) 19 October 2013
Barcode # 888837564816
Shipping Weight 0.3150kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, CD Album Copy
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Blues Rock
Format VINYL LP+CD

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