Room for Squares

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
After making a small buzz with the Inside Wants Out EP, John Mayer hired veteran producer John Alagía (known for his work with the Dave Matthews Band) to beef up his full-length debut with commercial polish. Released in September 2001, Room for Squares proved to be a well-timed album, quietly heralding the end of teen pop's glory days with clever wordplay, savvy chord progressions, and mature songwriting. Songs like "No Such Thing" and "Neon" mixed jazz chords with digestible choruses, fashioning a sort of brainy, college-educated pop hybrid that appealed to discerning listeners and mainstream fans alike. Of course, it didn't hurt that Mayer also loaded the album with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
After making a small buzz with the Inside Wants Out EP, John Mayer hired veteran producer John Alagía (known for his work with the Dave Matthews Band) to beef up his full-length debut with commercial polish. Released in September 2001, Room for Squares proved to be a well-timed album, quietly heralding the end of teen pop's glory days with clever wordplay, savvy chord progressions, and mature songwriting. Songs like "No Such Thing" and "Neon" mixed jazz chords with digestible choruses, fashioning a sort of brainy, college-educated pop hybrid that appealed to discerning listeners and mainstream fans alike. Of course, it didn't hurt that Mayer also loaded the album with more straightforward numbers -- particularly "Your Body Is a Wonderland," a bubbling piece of bedroom pop that helped expand his female audience. Mayer's soon-to-be famous guitar solos and bluesy, Stevie Ray Vaughan-styled riffs were sorely absent from the mix, though, as he limited the bulk of his fretwork to the acoustic guitar. It would take a jam-friendly concert album -- 2003's Any Given Thursday -- to introduce the full range of Mayer's axeman skills to the public, but Room for Squares still provides a nice introduction to his catalog, highlighting his blend of collegiate pop
ock and sensitive acoustics while only hinting at the genre-hopping chameleon he'd later become.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2001
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 888837943925
  • Catalog Number: 379439
  • Sales rank: 1,033

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 No Such Thing (3:51)
  2. 2 Why Georgia (4:28)
  3. 3 My Stupid Mouth (3:44)
  4. 4 Your Body is a Wonderland (4:09)
  5. 5 Neon (4:22)
  6. 6 City Love (4:00)
  7. 7 83 (4:50)
  8. 8 3X5 (4:50)
  9. 9 Love Song For No One (3:21)
  10. 10 Back To You (4:01)
  11. 11 Great Indoors (3:36)
  12. 12 Not Myself (3:40)
  13. 13 [Untitled]
  14. 14 St. Patrick's Day (5:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Mayer Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Vibes, Korg, Omnichord, Toy Piano
David Angell Violin
John Catchings Cello
David Davidson Violin
David LaBruyere Bass
Jerry Marotta Drums
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
John Alagia Guitar, Percussion, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Doug Derryberry Background Vocals
Chris Fischer Conga
Brandon Bush Hammond Organ, Mellotron, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Nir Z. Percussion, Drums, Loops
Clay Cook Background Vocals
Carole Rabinowitz Cello
Technical Credits
John Mark Painter String Arrangements
John Alagia Producer, Engineer
Scott Hull Mastering
Jeff Juliano Engineer, Pro-Tools
John Mayer Composer, Lyricist
Clay Cook Composer
Alex Fallon Art Direction
Dan Fallon Art Direction
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