John Mayer

Search for Everything: Wave One

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John Mayer unveiled his seventh album, Search for Everything, as a series of EPs, beginning with the aptly named Search for Everything: Wave One in January 2017. Bouncing back to his soulful side after an extended dalliance with Laurel Canyon country-rock -- an infatuation that culminated in his position as a substitute Jerry Garcia in the Grateful Dead satellite group Dead & Company -- Mayer glides through Wave One, alternating between smooth soul and introspective ballads. Forward movement is the unifying factor here -- the nimble funk of the opener, "Moving on and Getting Over," makes that plain, as does its plaintive successor, "Changing" -- and if he's finding some sustenance in a new love ("Love on the Weekend"), there's a bittersweet denouement in the admission "You're Gonna Live Forever in Me." If Mayer is reverting to the sound of Continuum, he's nevertheless showing growth: "Moving on and Getting Over" is deeper in its funk and, on the opposite end of the spectrum, "You're Gonna Live Forever in Me" shows how he can craft a ballad in the vein of Randy Newman, both indications that the full-length Search for Everything may offer more surprises.

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