Room for Squares

Room for Squares

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by John Mayer

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Producer John Alagia's fingerprints are all over this major-label debut for Atlanta-based singer/songwriter John Mayer. On songs like "Not Myself" Mayer seems almost to be parroting Dave Matthews, whom Alagia produced on several albums, including Crash and Before These Crowded Streets. The fault is not Mayer's — his songs are always heartfelt, occasionally poignant,


Producer John Alagia's fingerprints are all over this major-label debut for Atlanta-based singer/songwriter John Mayer. On songs like "Not Myself" Mayer seems almost to be parroting Dave Matthews, whom Alagia produced on several albums, including Crash and Before These Crowded Streets. The fault is not Mayer's — his songs are always heartfelt, occasionally poignant, and sometimes even funny, but the jazzy hooks, echoed lyrics, and occasionally forced falsettos that adorn them sometimes seem to be a little much. Despite this, Room for Squares is an easy album to like. Mayer has a soulful voice and he opens himself up emotionally, showing a vulnerability that makes all of the slick production seem forgivable. From the contrite reflection of "My Stupid Mouth" to the sweetly sensual "Your Body Is a Wonderland" to the closing song, "St. Patrick's Day" (which, ironically, is about not wanting to end things), on this album, it's the thoughts that count. ~ Stacia Proefrock

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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 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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Performance Credits

John Mayer   Primary Artist
David Davidson   Violin
David LaBruyere   Bass
Jerry Marotta   Drums
John Alagia   Guitar,Percussion,Hammond Organ,Bells,Wurlitzer
Doug Derryberry   Background Vocals
Brandon Bush   Hammond Organ,Mellotron,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Chris Fischer   Conga
Nir Z.   Drums,Loops
Clay Cook   Background Vocals
John Catchings   Cello
Kris Wilkinson String Section   Viola
David Angell   Violin

Technical Credits

John Mark Painter   String Arrangements
John Alagia   Producer,Engineer
Jeff Juliano   Engineer
Jack Joseph Puig   Producer

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Room for Squares 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say that a couple of months ago I had never heard of John Mayer, but instantly after a friend introduced me to his music I fell in love with it. I cannot wait for the next album to come out. Not only is this CD amazing, but John Mayer in concert is even better. I definitely recommend this CD to anyone out there who likes Dave Matthews or anything like him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Heard ''No Such Thing'' on the radio and loved the sound. The rest of the disc is not as popish as ''No Such Thing'', but definitely as interesting. The bonus CD is truly a wonderful bonus. His rendition of ''Wind Cries Mary'' is outstanding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend told me I would probably love John Mayer, and told me to download a song from him. Once I did, I was instantly taken with the song ''Your body is a wonderland''. I download more songs, until I had pretty much every live version of every song he had. I bought the CD the next day. He not only is an amazing writer, he has a unique way about his voice, almost has a tinge of soul in it. I propose that he will be the next big band of the Millennium, but he wont be as commercialized as the rest. He will most likely have a steady group of dedicated fans that will be loyal to him for the rest of his musical career. I know I will definately be. I signed up for his Rep program, and hope that his music is spread to a wide range of people, because it really is so unique.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pure Talent... a musician less focused on his image and more on his music. From the first 5 bars of ''Your body is a Wonderland'' I was absolutely hooked. Acoustical guitar with a jazz twist. He'll be a huge hit. Mark my words.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an incredible sound. The music on this CD is a treat for the ears, and good for the soul. I have worn mine out already. I would highly recommend this talented new artist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never heard of John Mayer until about a week ago. A friend thought I would like his cd, A Room for Squares, so I picked it up. It is fantastic and has been playing in my car over and over ever since. I love his voice and I can relate to almost every song. A few of my favorites are- Tracks 4,7,8,10,11,&12.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I decided to buy John Mayer after hearing all the buzz from Music Midtown and friends in school. Leslie Fram from 99x is a fan (apparently) and got John some airtime and I just feel in love. He voice is wonderful and his lyics are touching. This is one of those CDs that everyone should own. I listen to it so much that I wonder if a CD can wear out like vinyl.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Mayer is an upcoming artist, and is one of the most taleneted of our time. Fluid is his guitar, and inspiring is his voice. Absolutely sensational is he, and I full-heartedly recommend this CD. I actually have several copies of it in my household. It's an essential for the collector, and a timeless one at that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard about John Mayer through a T.V/ interview and went out a bought his album. I love it it is a great addition to any music collection and has so deep lyrics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly, truly, truly amazing...John Mayer is what I've been blindly looking for. Seeing John in concert is even more amazing...His enthusiam and genuine love and talent for music puts him above all others. He rocks like no one else. It's very rare to find a CD in which every song makes me leave reality for a moment. Anticipating the next album soooo much...
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a very selective listener, there are few artists that have been able to keep me captivated through an entire album. Thanks John.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love John Mayer, my sister told me about him and the minute i heard him, I haven't stopped listening to him. I went to his concert and I couldnt believe how good he was. I had all of my friends listen to him and all of them that did now love him!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just saw his video for ''No Such Thing'' the other day, and I fell in love with it! His lyrics are so honest and different from what's out today. My fav songs on the album are ''No such thing'' ''3x5'' and ''Love song for no one''. BUY THIS ALBUM (and then tell your friends!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best cd i've EVER bought!!! no such thing is the best song
Guest More than 1 year ago
About last summer my sister had me listen to John Mayer. I thought who in the world is John Mayer? I poped in his CD and listened to ''Your Body is a Wonderland''. I fell in love with it. All the songs come from his heart. I love it how he talks about his younger years in some songs. His raspy voice is so great, and the way his expressions come out on his face are so cute. I hope that he has another CD coming out soon, and comes out with another video! John Mayer your awesome!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This guy is just awesome. I heard him for the first time a few months ago, and I was instantely hooked. I can listen to the whole CD all the way through... and then all the way through again.... this CD is a must buy! I can't wait for the next one!! Also look for ''sucker'' ... another good song not on Room for Squares.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This music is great. I can relate to so many of his thoughts and messages in these songs. I think that this CD is a must for every collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a student at Miami University in Ohio, John Mayer was perhaps the biggest and most common name of a musician I heard all year. ''John Mayer'' this, ''Your Body is a Wonderland'' that--and I agree! Not only do I have every possible version of all his songs, so does everyonen else on campus. He by far outdistances Dispatch, Jack Johnson, G Love, Howie Day, and everyone else. With amazing lyrics that are incredibly quotable on IM profiles and in life, John Mayer is the hot ticket for anyone on our campus--and I have to laugh when I hear of my other classmates at other colleges just discovering the wonder that is Mayer. ''Comfortable'' is by far my favorite song, along with ''Your body is a wonderland'' ''No such thing'' ''My stupid mouth'' and ''1983''. If you have any doubts about this guy, forget them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
To be honest, when I first heard ''No Such Thing'' on the radio, I thought is was good ole' Dave Matthews and his boys. Then, after about a week of frantically turning the frequency dial on my stereo to try and find the song again, some beautiful person who I am forever in debt to told me the guy I was stalking was John Mayer. ''Oh no'' I said,''Not another one hit wonder with potential, falling victim to POP...'' And I dimissed JM...until, strolling through the Barnes and Nobles I work at, I heard his VOICE. The song I later learned was '83' but none the less, I bought the CD using my last $20 bucks, and ate rice for a week, while keeping the CDon continuous play. I wake up to it, shower, get dressed, forget to eat breakfast to it. Then, when I return from requesting it all day at work, I read to it, shower to it, eat, and sleep to it. There is no other CD out there today that infuses quite as many styles in such a way. For example, 'Neon' spices it up with a slightly r&b beat, acoustic guitar, and a bass that would make anyone who has a sense of rhythm get up, and wanna dance. But then the next track ''City Love'' is a romantic psuedo ballad that dabbles in cellos and violas, but don't forget that beautiful guitar. Best New Artist Grammy, hands down, it belongs to John Mayer. (Knock on wood.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I heard John Mayer sing ''Wonderland'', I was intrigued, to say the least. His style reminded me som much of Dave Matthews (whose music I practically eat, sleep, and breathe). This CD has got to be the best I've purchased in the last two years. I dont usually buy a Cd after hearing a couple of songs, but this was an exciting exception! I love the jazzy/bluesy elements of his works, and I can not WAIT to buy the next CD. I was so glad to see someone who has some real talent emerge after this entire teenybop culture thing. Thank you, John Mayer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No matter what type of music you prefer, there is no way that you will not love this album. It eclipses all types of music genres and has amazing lyrics and melody's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Room for Squares is a fantastic album. It is nice to have a singer/songwriter in the mainstream. Songs like Neon show Mayer's unbelievable guitar ability, while Your Body is a Wonderland shows a more sensitive side
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW- that's the word i use to describe this debut release from the new 24 year old sensation, John Mayer. He writes his own lyrics, music, has an amazing voice and is extremely talented at playing the guitar. While he has been compared to Dave Matthews, his style is a lot different and the music he plays is not really comparable to all the other music that is around today. The songs on this album range from pop to rock, lounge to jazz and much more. While most people know the first single ''no such thing'' the album has a lot more than that one song to offer. Room For Squares is a definate must-have for any good CD collection- make sure you add it to yours today!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD knowing only a small portion of ''No Such Thing''. I listened to the rest of the CD on the way to Vermont because it's a 2hour drive. I absolutely love it. Mayer's rough voice make it worth the money. He does a fabulous job on his first album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard John Mayer a while back before anyone who even knew who he was. The song ''No Such Thing'', was played on our GAP CD at my work. I loved it the first time I heard it. I wanted to know who sang it, I was going crazy so I had my manager dig out the song list and so I could find out what it was. When I got home to see if his CD was out yet... IT WASN'T, but, I bought it pretty close to the day it came out. I so badly want to go to his concert! I can't find tickets and GOD! I want them. I love every song on the album equally. John has the smoothest voice. I love it! He is so great. And also, what a cutie. From his heart filled lyrics in ''Your body in a Wonderland'' and his whitty comments on live performance recordings. John Mayer has got it all! I can't wait for him to use his talent for even more!