Updated: Aug 3, 2021
JULY 16, 2021
It’s hard to find many singer-songwriters in the world that have done it better than John Mayer has. With countless smash hits under his belt, Mayer has made a name for himself as one of the most successful artists of the 21st century. With his unique voice, musical arrangements, and lyrical stylings, it’s easy for any music lover to spot a song of his when they hear one.
Despite being a household name though, Mayer’s recent work has not graded well among listeners and unfortunately, the singer-songwriter’s eighth studio album, Sob Rock, fails to be the record that flips the switch back in a more positive direction.
Experimental themes have been the story for the majority of John Mayer records since 2012’s Born and Raised was released. With elements of country, folk, and now 80s pop, the singer-songwriter refuses to stay stagnant and continues to find new ways to make good music. With the exception of The Search for Everything, this noble drive has sadly resulted in less than brilliant albums.
Right from the get-go, Sob Rock’s opening track, “Last Train Home”, sets an expectation that a heavy 80s pop influence would be present. However, with the exception of “Shot in the Dark”, this theme seems to be abandoned quickly and instead reverts back to sounds similar to that of The Search for Everything.
One thing that Mayer does manage to do well with this album is making sure that each track does not sound too similar to the other. With every track, comes its own unique sound and tempo leading to an album that isn’t mundane to listen to.
Whereas this album does contain a couple of really good songs, overall excitement track to track is severely lacking. Each track feels like it has the right base for success but unfortunately fails to hit the same way that his early work did. At best, Sob Rock gives us more decent lo-fi tunes accompanied by Mayer’s fantastic voice.
After hearing the initial releases of “New Light” and “I Guess I Just Feel Like”, I was really looking forward to the rest of the album. Maybe in the future, this album will grow on me more the same way that Paradise Valley has. With any luck, Mayer will be able to tap into the same genius that exploded his early career and made his music a worldwide success.
Keep rockin’ ya’ll 🤘
Favorite tracks: New Light | I Guess I Just Feel Like | Til the Right One Comes
Least Favorite Track: Why You No Love Me
Sob Rock is now available on Spotify!