John Mayer fails to siz­zle

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Earth’s reign­ing gui­tar hero, John Mayer, de­liv­ers his sev­enth stu­dio al­bum. It re­veals a calmer artist tak­ing a mea­sured ap­proach to ac­ces­si­ble funk-laced songs. It is a con­fi­dent al­bum that feels less an artis­tic ex­plo­ration and more mu­si­cal com­fort food. There are few un­ex­pected turns. The ar­range­ments are solid, if slightly pre­dictable. Still Feel Like Your Man is the track that stands out – the easy-to-feel rhythm is ac­ces­si­ble and the lovelorn mes­sage is a good fit. Rosie might have worked bet­ter slower, with more of a torch un­der­neath it. In­stead, Mayer opted for the path of least re­sis­tance when he might have pushed him­self. It is all good enough and there are no aw­ful tracks but The Search for Ev­ery­thing gets softer with each song. Fans will ac­cept but ul­ti­mately shrug at this al­bum, which feels bereft of the song­writer tu­mult that got Mayer here.

Ron Har­ris / Associated Press

The Search for Ev­ery­thing John Mayer (Columbia)

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