Heavily inspired by 70s production and modern pop innovation, John Mayer rebrands himself with his seventh studio album, The Search for Everything. Though this is the first of many installments, the four tracks on “Wave One” are a solid indication of the forthcoming album. Mayer’s intention with these “waves” is to take his fans on the ride of creating and releasing a record. Not only that, but Mayer was never quiet about the album’s sound – i.e. his countless posts on Instagram and Snapchat giving an inside look at his writing and recording process (so cool!). Every aspect of The Search for Everything is John in the most honest and raw form and that’s why these four tracks work so well:
The first track “Moving On and Getting Over” is the most feel-good, R&B song on the EP. With two guitars working together throughout the majority of the song, it’s easy to feel yourself getting lost in the vibe (in the best way, that is). The punch of words in the hook keeps your attention, though it’s a relaxing jam overall.
A song about self-reflection, “Changing” is possibly the most thought-provoking track on the EP. With relatively simple instrumentation, though a notable 70s-groove guitar solo, the song is an easy listen. It aids the severity of lyrics, like “Time’s been talking to me, whispering in my ear, saying ‘follow your heart ’til it tears you apart, but hearts keep changing.'”
“Love On The Weekend” is the first single Mayer released and it’s the sunny, upbeat pop-rock song that he’s so famous for (i.e. Your Body Is A Wonderland, Clarity, etc.) If you close your eyes while listening, you suddenly find yourself driving down a California highway with the wind blowing through your hair. This song really has that flawless, summer vibe. We also understand if you can’t help screaming “I HATE YOUR GUTS, ‘CAUSE I’M LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF IT.” Us, too, guys. Us, too.
“You’re Gonna Live Forever In Me” is the heartbreak song that hits hard. It’s the feeling how, though things are over, that person will exist in your soul, always. Accompanied primarily by piano, Mayer’s lyrics prove his status as a writer with this song. For fans of “Dreaming with a Broken Heart,” this song will suit you well – as expected with the next “waves” of The Search for Everything.