John Mayer, Where the Light Is: Live in Los Angeles

John Mayer has already released two other live albums in his considerable short career, so this double live disc is simply a cash grab following the insane popularity of the Grammy-nominated 2006 album Continuum. However, after listening to the first disc, it does not matter what the sales intentions of the record were, because Mayer […]

Where the Light IsJohn Mayer has already released two other live albums in his considerable short career, so this double live disc is simply a cash grab following the insane popularity of the Grammy-nominated 2006 album Continuum. However, after listening to the first disc, it does not matter what the sales intentions of the record were, because Mayer and his musical bandits kick some serious ass. Playing three separate sets -– solo acoustic, Blues trio, and full band –- Mayer lets loose his brilliant and soulful guitar playing. Early fans will love the opening five-song acoustic set that includes favourites like “Neon” and “Daughters,” but the real magic comes in the form of three. The John Mayer Trio is a train wreck of blues fury that you can only really understand once you have heard the ten-minute, “Out of my Mind” and the restrained vibe of “Vultures.” By the time Mayer gets his full rock band going, he is so in the zone that tracks like “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room,” “Gravity” and “Waiting on the World to Change” are all dead-on interpretations. Overall, Live in Los Angeles encompasses all aspects of what makes John Mayer so good. Now how about some new material? (Columbia)