Lee Hazlewood-Something Special (1968)

My Rating: 85% (B++)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 85% (B++)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Shades
  2. This Town
  3. Child
  4. Stone Cold Blues
  5. Little War
  6. Them Girls
  7. Fort Worth
  8. Hands
  9. Mannford, Oklahoma
  10. Summer Night

Label:

Motown

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Cooking up some BBQ or playing poker.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Hilarious.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

For sure.

Final Thoughts:

Lee Hazlewood has flown under the radar for me, I’ve never heard of the dude so I had no expectations going into Something Special. Well the album title holds true, Lee Hazlewood is something special, he’s much like Frank Sinatra but also has a little Harry Nillson in him. I loved hearing all of these classic songs in a fairly simple format. Lee Hazlewood is very much a crooner, and he would absolutely be in my top 5 crooner’s of all time (suck it Buble). Something Special is one of the older records that holds up, it’s still entertaining and catchy.

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John Mayer-The Search For Everything (2017)

My Rating: 71% (C++)

Pitchfork Rating: 49%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 61%

Average Rating: 60%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Still Feel Like Your Man
  2. Emoji of a Wave
  3. Helpless
  4. Love On the Weekend
  5. In the Blood
  6. Changing
  7. Theme From ‘The Search For Everything’
  8. Moving On and Getting Over
  9. Never On The Day You Leave
  10. Rosie
  11. Roll It On Home
  12. You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

At a family gathering and they ask you to put something on.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s ultimately a good cover, a part of me feels like he’s saying: “look how attractive I am” but that’s definitely more my problem than his.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Nope.

Final Thoughts:

John Mayer is one of those artists that is polarizing, there are strong camps on either side talking about him being the greatest (they usually point to his guitar work) and there’s people who say he is the worst (they point to his radio-friendliness and personality). Somewhere in the divide are the few of us who pick and choose between albums and sometimes even just tracks. The Search For Everything is one of Mayer’s albums I’ll cherry-pick, it’s a mix of his styles so honestly it feels more like a mixtape or playlist than an album (a trend that seems to be gaining momentum as of late). The songs that sound like they could be off Continuum are going right on shuffle, the ones that sound like they’re from Paradise Valley were passed pretty quickly. Mayer isn’t my favourite, but he’s nice music and he’s easy to put on for older folks without getting under anyone’s skin.

John Mayer-Continuum (2006)

Record Review Requested By: Matthew Ziegler

My Rating: 83% (B++)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: 80%

Metacritic Rating: 67%

Average Rating: 76.7%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Waiting on The World to Change
  2. I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You)
  3. Belief
  4. Gravity
  5. The Heart of Life
  6. Vultures
  7. Stop This Train
  8. Slow Dancing in A Burning Room
  9. Bold As Love
  10. Dreaming With A Broken Heart
  11. In Repair
  12. I’m Gonna Find Another You

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

You want John Mayer at his best.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s okay, nothing special here.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Oh hell yes.

Final Thoughts:

These John Mayer songs are really close to my heart, it’s what I know him the most for, and what I dream he would revert to. This is one of those albums that I remember fondly but forgot about the dip in quality near the end of the record (Bold As Love, Dreaming With A Broken Heart, and In Repair all being pretty major misses for me). All that to say this is still a solid album that I constantly refer as being Mayer’s best work.

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