John Mayer Drops Wave Two of ‘The Search for Everything’
Pop singer/songwriter John Mayer returns The Search for Everything – Wave Two, a second EP previewing songs from his forthcoming album.
Unbelievably, come October 16, 2017, pop singer/songwriter John Mayer will turn 40 years old! Wasn’t it just yesterday that Mayer proclaimed her “Body is a Wonderland?” As he approaches middle age, Mayer releases his first new album in four years, The Search for Everything. The Search for Everything arrives in parts, with Wave Two materializing February 24, 2017.
“Still Feel Like Your Man”
Opener “Still Feel Like Your Man” initiates wave two of The Search for Everything soulfully, much like “Moving on and Getting Over” (Wave One). Mayer is incredibly honest as he asserts he isn’t over his ex. On verse one, he rejects the opportunities to move on:
“The prettiest girl in the room she wants me / I know because she told me / She comes over / I’d like to get to know you / But I just don’t think I can.”
On the second verse, he doesn’t reject offers, but rather remembers the scent of her shampoo, refusing to throw it away.
“I still keep your shampoo in my shower / In case you wanna wash your hair.”
The chorus confirms Mayer’s emotional position, in plain and repetitive, but effective language. It’s highly relatable, making “Still Feel Like Your Man” the crème de la crème of The Search for Everything.
“Emoji of a Wave”
“Emoji of a Wave” catches the eye, thanks to featuring the word emoji if nothing else. The song itself has that cool, beautiful singer/songwriter vibe Mayer has become known for. Once more, the matters of his heart drive the concept. The lyrics are both poetic and potent:
“Your heart is where my head should be / The dissonance is killing me / It breaks my heart / It breaks my heart.”
“Helpless” contrasts the softness and tender emotions of “Emoji of a Wave.” The guitar provides fuel for the fire, with a driving groove propelling the record forward. Mayer maintains a sense of coolness and poise, but there’s clearly more bite. He doesn’t need vocal histrionics, just top-notch production work, awesome guitar skills, and a respectable, well-rounded vocal performance. Like “Still Feel Like Your Man,” there’s an incredible sense of soulfulness.
“Roll it on Home”
“Roll it on Home” concludes the second wave of The Search for Everything, embracing something of folk-pop/rock sound. Like the rest of the EP, love and companionship are not on the protagonist’s side. Mayer puts it simply:
“Roll it on home / Roll it on home / Tomorrow’s another chance you won’t go it alone / If you roll it on home.”
Ultimately, The Search for Everything – Wave Two is another excellent EP from John Mayer. Like wave one, wave two builds up anticipation for the long-awaited new album. Again, this is another set of four songs that are rock solid. The Search for Everything should be special, without a doubt.
Gems: “Still Feel Like Your Man” & “Helpless”