Loud releases: John Meyer and Yellowcard

Loud releases: John Meyer and Yellowcard
Cover of Yellowcard's Ocean Avenue Acoustic.

Paradise Valley

John Mayer

While on-again girlfriend Katy Perry storms back on radio with the anthemic Roar, Mayer ambles along with the country vibes that he explored in earnest with his last album, Born and Raised.

The contemplative mood he's been in of late is still present here, though the cynicism is gone.

On the song Dear Marie, he sings to an old girlfriend about the different lives they've led - "Yeah I've got my dream, but you've got family / I've got my dream, but I guess it got away from me".

The purported Taylor Swift takedown, Paper Doll, sounds less like a musical hit job than a languid, regret-filled walk down memory lane.

His duet with Perry, Who You Love, is a clicheand drama-free ode to each other, and Perry, stripped of all her usual pop production, sounds amazing.

A wonderfully light, palate-cleansing album.

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