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Try! Live In Concert
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2005
I have been waiting for this album for years! When I first heard John Mayer's last live album "Any Given Thursday" I had no idea that he was such a stellar blues guitar player, but I was confused as to why he would keep writing such boring acoustic pop songs. But now...it's here! Try! is a fantastic album and is a reminder of why the power trio is such a legendary setup of musicians. John Mayer has really come into his own and has developed a lead guitar sound that sounds like something between Stevie Ray Vaughn and B.B. King and a rhythym guitar that sounds like Jimi Hendrix. The song selection is quite varied and includes a good mix of covers and originals with the originals really showing off Mayer's song writing talents and the covers including Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles. But the guitar player is only as great as the band who pushes him and what a band Mayer has. Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino are both veteran session musicians and, to put it mildly, they really know what they're doing. Steve Jordan is an incredibly funky drummer and Pino Palladino has the cool, laid back demeanor of a jazz player. With these two musicians behind Mayer, magic and inspiration are everywhere to be found. Overall, an extemely good album that reminds you of the feelings and virtuosity of the late 60's power trios. Go buy this now and get used to the new John Mayer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2008
This is an absolutely perfect album. It is John Mayer at his most sublime, transcendental, fully all-out self. I was blown away at hearing this live show (especially compared to what I thought of Mayer previously). It has changed the way I think of him, not to mention the way I think of current music as a whole. This has metamorphosed my entire outlook, it is safe to say, on the health and wealth of modern music and its ability to appropriately appropriate its past and reference itself to the apex of the sense experience.
If you get off on a slow, sultry, lugubrious, mysterious blues (the kind from 'Fairfield CT' he mentions on the recording) but also, in other places, a frenzied, honky tonk, faster blues, then this is for you.
Why, Mr. Mayer, do you use that monotone, hypnotized voice on your mainstream singles to render it so that that's all the public knows of you, and then at your live show like this one you go and put your whole soul into it, and show your true range? In that way Mr. Mayer is like David Usher, I believe.
This is an album to hear.
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I enjoy John Mayer's music and style but preferably his "Trio" approach. The reviews are all over the map on this one but you would have to have crap in your ears if you don't appreciate the musicianship as well as the material.

As the liner notes reflect.....

"In this age of repetition and not messing with the formula, an artist at a height of fame and influence chooses to take a detour, put aside the format that is working spectacularly well for him, and play from the heart".

That takes guts and you have to be secure in your skin to pursue the fork in the road and Mayer commits with the backing of Steve and Pino. The "Trio" plays some serious guitar, bass and drums.

This one is special and live DVD performances of the Trio are also definitely a must for people who can appreciate talent and class tunes. Try...Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live In Los Angeles

A mixture of old tunes reinvented, new ones and great covers, the Trio play their butts off!

Whatever you conceive Mayer to be, remember that he will always be original, a major storm within the usual calm that is the music industry, trapped within the "genres of the month". Yes originality, the secret to success.
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on May 26, 2006
The days of saccharine love songs are over for Mayer. In his new venture Try! a live concert recording, Mayer experiments with the slowly disappearing genre of blues-rock. With veteran musicians Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino, Mayer rocks out with songs new and old, ranging from his own compositions to classic blues rock tunes. The CD opens with Who Did You Think I was, questioning the listeners' expectations of the revamped sound. The set later goes on to include an old familiar -- or is it? The Grammy-winning song Daughters is almost beyond recognition, now infused with more mature sounds. Mayer fans who were just in it for "Your Body Is a Wonderland" will probably be severely disappointed that the album does not include any of the overly sweet pop songs of yore. However, music afficionados and those looking for a change in the monotonous and uniform sounds of the recent years will be pleasantly surprised with the abrupt change of Mayer's musical direction. Get it, crank it up and Try!
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on November 24, 2005
What a disc! I was very curious when I heard he was doing a blues trio, and this offering demonstrates that despite popular opinion, this fellow is quite talented. Daughters and Something's Missing are profoundly better than the studio versions, and John even steps up and hammers out great renditions of a couple of classics (Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix). All in all, this cd is great. Pick it up with an open mind, leave your preconceptions of John Mayer at the door, and let it chill you right out.
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on May 2, 2015
Great album
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2007
I had heard very good things about this CD, but the music doesn't live up to expectations. Mayer is a gifted songwriter, and this is in evidence here with "Good Love Is On The Way". And his version of Ray Charles' "I Got A Woman" has a nice groove to it. But overall, the performances here are unpersuasive. One problem for me is that Mayer's voice is not at all suited to the blues. Another is that the lyrics do not have the character and depth of feeling that characterizes good blues music. My fear is that that young fans of Mayer will come away thinking that this CD is in some way representative of the american blues tradition. It isn't, in my opinion.
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