Born and Raised [LP]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Nothing halts the momentum of a career like a few poorly chosen words to the press. Take John Mayer, who in 2009 still seemed like the quintessential modern lothario, singing sweet songs of love and seducing starlets all across Hollywood. Then at the dawn of 2010, just months after the release of his fourth album, Battle Studies, he gave an interview with Playboy where he managed to insult former and current lovers while callously dropping racial slurs, a snafu plenty difficult to survive, but its gravity was compounded when his former lover Taylor Swift wrote a nasty kiss-off "Dear John" at the end of the year, a move that effectively banished him to the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Nothing halts the momentum of a career like a few poorly chosen words to the press. Take John Mayer, who in 2009 still seemed like the quintessential modern lothario, singing sweet songs of love and seducing starlets all across Hollywood. Then at the dawn of 2010, just months after the release of his fourth album, Battle Studies, he gave an interview with Playboy where he managed to insult former and current lovers while callously dropping racial slurs, a snafu plenty difficult to survive, but its gravity was compounded when his former lover Taylor Swift wrote a nasty kiss-off "Dear John" at the end of the year, a move that effectively banished him to the outskirts of L.A. -- which, if the sound of his 2012 comeback is any indication, resides somewhere around the vicinity of Laurel Canyon. Yes, the public humiliation and a subsequent health scare have pushed Mayer back in time, all the way back to the turn of the '70s when singer/songwriters across Southern California strummed their guitars and sang about their souls, back when his idol Eric Clapton was obsessed with the rootsy tumble of Delaney & Bonnie. Mayer never rock & rolls the way EC did when he was in love with D&B, but he certainly is emphasizing his affection for American roots, particularly of the folk and country kind. Those two sounds are the best vehicles for the kind of solipsism Mayer engages in on Born and Raised, where he does his best to sound sorrowful and contrite yet manages to stumble upon his own deep-seated desire to remain a lover-man. He doesn't murmur come-ons; he plaintively says he's sorry over austere acoustic backdrops, taking pains to ensure that Born and Raised feels weathered, rustic, and lived-in. [Born and Raised was also released on LP.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2012
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886919760613
  • Catalog Number: 197606
  • Sales rank: 234

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Queen of California (4:11)
  2. 2 The Age of Worry (2:37)
  3. 3 Shadow Days (3:53)
  4. 4 Speak For Me (3:44)
  5. 5 Something Like Olivia (3:00)
  6. 6 Born and Raised (4:47)
Disc 2
  1. 1 If I Ever Get Around To Living (5:22)
  2. 2 Love is a Verb (2:24)
  3. 3 Walt Grace's Submarine Test, January 1967 (5:08)
  4. 4 Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey (4:38)
  5. 5 A Face To Call Home (4:45)
  6. 6 Born and Raised (Reprise) (2:00)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Queen of California (4:11)
  2. 2 The Age of Worry (2:37)
  3. 3 Shadow Days (3:53)
  4. 4 Speak For Me (3:44)
  5. 5 Something Like Olivia (3:00)
  6. 6 Born and Raised (4:47)
  7. 7 If I Ever Get Around To Living (5:22)
  8. 8 Love is a Verb (2:24)
  9. 9 Walt Grace's Submarine Test, January 1967 (5:08)
  10. 10 Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey (4:38)
  11. 11 A Face To Call Home (4:45)
  12. 12 Born and Raised (Reprise) (2:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Mayer Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Don Was Producer
John Mayer Producer
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