Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Album of the Day #142: THE VILLAGE SESSIONS - John Mayer

Title: The Village Sessions
Artist: John Mayer
Label: Columbia
Year: 2006
Songs: Waiting On The World To Change/Belief/Slow Dancing In A Burning Room/Good Love Is On The Way [John Mayer, Pino Palladino & Steven Jordan]/I’m Gonna find Another You/In Repair [Charlie Hunter & John Mayer]
Written by: John Mayer, except where noted
Produced by: John Mayer & Chad Franscoviak
Thoughts: Just to finish up the John Mayer discography, this EP is a pretty nice selection of acoustic versions of songs from Continuum, plus an in-studio take on the Try! track “Good Love Is On The Way”. While hearing these nice, stripped-down versions is cool, the problem is that Mayer is much better on an electric guitar and these songs have a lot more power with full backing. Probably the best track is “Belief”, with a 12-string guitar, so it has a little more depth to it, but other than that these songs are much better served on Continuum.

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