Room for Squares [France Bonus AVCD]

Room for Squares [France Bonus AVCD]

by John Mayer
     
 

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After making minor waves with his 1999 debut, Inside Wants Out, John Mayer hired veteran producer John Alagía (a longtime associate of the Dave Matthews Band) to lace his first major-label effort with commercial appeal. Released in September 2001, Room for Squares proved to be a savvy,…  See more details below

Overview

After making minor waves with his 1999 debut, Inside Wants Out, John Mayer hired veteran producer John Alagía (a longtime associate of the Dave Matthews Band) to lace his first major-label effort with commercial appeal. Released in September 2001, Room for Squares proved to be a savvy, well-timed album, quietly heralding the end of teen pop's glory days with nuanced wordplay, a relaxed gait, and intricate (although nevertheless accessible) songwriting. Songs like "No Such Thing" and "Neon" mixed jazz chords with digestible choruses, fashioning a sort of brainy, college-educated pop hybrid that found a home amongst 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 swell his female audience. Mayer's heralded guitar solos and bluesy, Stevie Ray Vaughan-styled flourishes were sorely absent from the mix, though, as he initially 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 breadth of Mayer's axeman skills to the public, but Room for Squares still provides a nice introduction to the songwriter's catalog, highlighting his blend of collegiate pop
ock and sensitive acoustics while only hinting at the eclectic, genre-hopping chameleon he would later become.[The French release of Room for Squares comes with a bonus VCD. The video component of the disc contains the electronic press kit for the album which includes interview and performance footage. The audio portion has four bonus tracks: acoustic versions of "Back to You" and "No Such Thing," and live versions of Jimi Hendrix's "The Wind Cries Mary" and Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Lenny."]

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2003
Label:
Sbme Import
UPC:
5099750813577
catalogNumber:
508135
Rank:
252573

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Mayer   Primary Artist,Guitar,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,Bells
Doug Derryberry   Background Vocals
Carl Rabinowitz   Cello
Chris Fischer   Conga
Brandon Bush   Hammond Organ,Mellotron,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Nir Z.   Drums,Loops
Clay Cook   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Radiohead   Composer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
John Mark Painter   String Arrangements
John Alagia   Producer,Engineer
Jeff Juliano   Producer,Engineer
John Mayer   Composer
Clay Cook   Composer
Alex Fallon   Art Direction
Dan Fallon   Art Direction

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