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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, 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 ...
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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, 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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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: Sony
  • UPC: 696998529328
  • Catalog Number: 85293

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 No Such Thing (3:51)
  2. 2 Why Georgia (4:28)
  3. 3 My Stupid Mouth (3:45)
  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
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
Scott Hull Mastering
Jeff Juliano Engineer, Digital Editing
Jack Joseph Puig Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    KEEPS YOU COMING BACK

    I first heard "No Such Thing" being piped in over the speakers of a fast food joint. I probably was more curious than anything else. But after getting the album I was impressed- commercial-sounding, yes, but flavorful. Is that the result of excellent production by John Alagia as others have suggested? yes, again, but a CD is always the whole musical package, anyway, not just the artist. To illustrate the point, encouraged by what I heard here, I grabbed Mayer's live DVD performance. The experience was so distasteful, I thought I would throw up. He comes off like an unsophisticated little prig, not much better than what you might see at a high school performance, but with a supposedly hipster attitude! The experience was actually enough to make me put the CD away in the closet. But then I heard "My Stupid Mouth" on the radio recently, and it prompted me to hook up the earphones once again. That selection and most of the others (especially "Love Song For No One") are simply infectious. Truth be told, Mayer's crude antics belie a fairly decent songwriter's touch, reminiscent of other influences but still distinct. In a phrase musicians sometimes use for material with deceptively surprising depth: there's something going on here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better Than I Thought It Would Be!

    When I first saw his music video for "No Sutch Thing" I laughed at him! He seemed to be a wannabe mix of Bob Dylan and Dave Matthews. But then about 6 months later I heard "3x5" and I said WOW! But I didn't want to pay $12.99 for one song so I didn't buy it. Then about 5 months after that... I got this for christmas. After listening to the whole CD about 3 times it grew on me! Now I love it! Of course he's no Dylan or Matthews! But he is a great alternative!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love This CD!!!!

    Granted it has a Dave Matthews vibe to it, but I think this album is fantastic! This is an album I can listen to over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Buy With A Lot To Offer

    After hearing John Mayer’s “No Such Thing” on the radio, I was immediately captivated by the heartfelt lyrics, witty guitar riffs, and his smoky voice. I purchased the album Room for Squares the next day and discovered, for once in my life, a work with not one bad song. Mayer takes the listener on a journey of his past and his life experiences through each of the songs that he wrote or co-wrote. Through his music, Mayer pours out a variety of emotions that everyone can connect to. Being a resident of Georgia, I was immediately drawn to “Why Georgia” as I heard Mayer, a Georgia native as well, singing of familiar places. He sings about a relationship that he is not quite ready to let go of in “St. Patrick’s Day” which reminds me of a Christmas song with the sleigh bells playing in the background. “Neon”, which also appeared on his debut album Inside Wants Out, is performed a second time with a rich soulful sound. The listener becomes almost nostalgic as Mayer reminisces of his childhood in “83.” Of course there is the ballad that many critics have dubbed as “the dorm make out song”, “Your Body is a Wonderland.” The almost haunting guitar riff in this particular song immediately draws the listener in. “No Such Thing” offers the trials and tribulations that he went through during his school years and the transition into college. “My Stupid Mouth” is a humorous song with well thought out guitar melody about saying the wrong thing at the wrong time and the resulting consequences. Overall this album offers something for everyone and has proved to be one of my all time favorite works. Mayer is truly a gifted artist who puts life into his work. I was thrilled to see him win a Grammy this past year—this indeed did prove that he is an extremely talented artist who has a lot to offer to his audience. This is a great buy that not only offers great music, but also stories that others can relate to. I can see Mayer becoming quite popular as mainstream artist overtime once he develops more as an artist. I anticipate great things from him in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Man Is Awsome!!!!!!!

    This is by far the best CD I own. It never seems to leave my player and I never seem to get tired of it. John Mayer is one of the most talented and sexiest artist I have seen in a while. He has an incredible voice and lyrics that touch your heart. He is amazing live and anyone who loves John Mayer should also own "Any Given Thursday". Another great song that is not on the disc is "Comfortable". Check it out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The All-time Best!

    The first time I heard John Mayer was before he became popular and I have loved him ever since. He is definetely my most favorite singer! He has never left my CD player and I have all of his CDs and can't wait until I see him in concert!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD for any time!

    I love this CD, it is great for listing while studing or to listen to on the long drive home! Every song on this CD is great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    John your #1

    John if you reading this let me just say thank you for being you. I don't know what else to say but, Wonderful!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The impressive "Room for Squares" only the beginning!

    John Mayer seems to fave a perfect formula: remarkable musicianship, catchy and witty lyrics, and an impecable image. This formula has made him a star. "Room for Squares" has a notable familiarty but fierce originality. He can write a song that rings true to just about any beating heart, but that is like unlike anything anyone has ever heard before. While he is constantly compared to Dave Matthews, Mayer differs from Matthews in his uncanny ablity to create a distinct and lovable melody (not to mention their differing guitar styles). I will agree that there voices sound similar, but so did (do) those of Paul Simon and James Taylor yet I do not hear anyone comparing their very different music to eachother. Mayer brings bluesy hooks to most of his songs, which also sets him apart from many of today's artists. My absolute favorite on the album is "Neon" because John's fingerings are simply amazing. Vocally, the most enjoyable melody is probably "Why Georgia". The only negative thing to say about "Room for Square" is that it sounds more produced than I'd like to hear Mayer. His live and acoustic versions are more simplistic, raw, and flattering to his style of music. This album is a treat to listen to and showcases only the beginnings of a great musical talent. I'd look out for what else John has "up his sleeve".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A definite fresh find*

    I must admit, "No such thing" was one of those tunes I found to be overplayed on radio stations. But John's sultry voice captivated me from day one. Both Inside wants out and room for squares, have been living in my cd player, I am amazed at his talent and honesty in his lyrics. The way he can express himself in tunes like, "my stupid mouth," "83" and "love song for no one" is incredible! This cd presents John in an amazing way, it is clear that John is deep and inspiring. His music is perfect for a rainy afternoon, a bubble bath, or the morning commute to work, for that matter any time of day or night. He seems like the kind of guy you would want to sit with and talk to for hours! I recomend this to anyone and everyone. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best CD Ever!

    Back to You is quite possibly the best song ever written! Don't let the "popness" of No Such Thing turn you away from this album, none of the other songs are like it. Every song on this CD is amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IF I COULD RATE IT 1,000,000,000,000,000 ect. I WOULD!

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST CD I OWN! I LOVE IT! IT IS CONSTANTLY IN MY CD PLAYER, AND WHEN I GO OUT OF TOWN... IT GOES WITH ME! IF YOU COULD WEAR A HOLE THROUGH CD'S, THEN MY JOHN MAYER CD WOULD HAVE MILLIONS OF HOLES IN IT! I LOVE IT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sincerest form of flattery?

    It has been said many times that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. If this is true, then Dave Matthews should be as flattered as a person could possibly be. Mayer has taken an incredibly talented artist in Matthews, and has imitated him in nearly every way, except for talent of course. A disappointment, mostly from a lack of originality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    beautiful

    A truly amazing and talented man...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must Buy!

    While many have compared this debut commercial release from Mayer to the Dave Matthews Band, that's not fair to either artist. Mayer's lyric skills are much more mainstream and heartfelt with comparisons to artists like Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Chris Rea as a better discription. There are no bad songs on this album, and have you have a chance to preview it, listen to "Neon", "3X5" and "83" which are much better cuts than the second single "Your Body is A Wonderland". Overall, Room for Squares is so good that I've already bought six copies and passed it on for friends, and I haven't done that since Stealy Dan's Aja.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Irregular for Me

    My liking towards this album puzzled me on account of the fact that my favorite bands are Nirvana and Pink Floyd, but I really like this CD! My friend (just after forcing me to listen to Avril Lavigne on another one of her "You need happier music!" rants) made me listen to this CD and I absolutely loved it. John Mayer is EXTREMELY talented in the field of music and is awesome on the guitar. I fully recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'm IN LOVE with this CD

    Wow... who would have thought that a 20-something-year-old guy could write such deep songs? John Mayer is amazingly profound in all of his songs and he really says that words that you try but can't say. He's really an awesome guitar player, an awesome song writer, and he's really hott! I would definitely recommend this CD and "Inside Wants Out" to everyone out there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    YES!!!!!!

    It is so refreshing to have a TALENTED person actually making records. I had given up hope in this all style no substance period in music. This boy is all substance!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He is so cool

    I was at my anuts house and we were waching MTV and John Mayer was on and he was singing "your body is a wonderland"I was like WOW he has such a nice voice so as soon as I got home I went to gnucleus and downloaded it and i listen to all the time im listing to it right now it is so cool! I dont want to give my e-mail so i put a fake so dont e-mail me!THANKS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Don Henley of a Different Aura

    I fell in love with the music when I heard the first strumms of the guitar. I may have personal bias for I like the sound of strings more than any other musical instruments. And when I heard his piece, it's like seeing my six-month old daughter's eyes gladly welcoming the sight of her mother returning from work.

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