The Search for Everything

The Search for Everything

by John Mayer

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Overview

The Search for Everything

John Mayer first teased his seventh album, The Search for Everything, through a pair of EPs that contained eight of the record's 12 songs. It was a sly way for the singer/songwriter to ease back into his soulful side, a sound he largely abandoned during an extended dalliance with Laurel Canyon country-rock -- an infatuation that culminated in his position as a substitute Jerry Garcia in the Grateful Dead satellite group Dead & Company. Although it's ostensibly a breakup album, The Search for Everything doesn't feel haunted: Mayer glides through the record so smoothly, the supple sound seems almost insouciant. It is also quite alluring. Mayer may be reverting to the sound of Continuum, alternating between R&B workouts and soul-baring ballads, but forward movement is the unifying sentiment here. The nimble funk opener, "Moving on and Getting Over," makes that plain, as does the plaintive "Changing," which summarizes his plight simply: "I may be old and I may be young/But I am not done changing." Some of Mayer's change can be charted in how he hangs onto his romantic past, burying some of his heartache on the deceptively exuberant opener, "Still Feel Like Your Man," and offering a bittersweet denouement in the admission "You're Gonna Live Forever in Me." Mirroring his emotional maturity is a sharpening of his songcraft. While he's always shown a knack for slow-burning soul, the progression and arrangement of the smoldering "Rosie" feel as sophisticated as the lithe grace of "Emoji of a Wave," while "Roll It on Home," an easy-rolling country-rocker that tips its hat to the Dead, shows how he absorbed the lessons of his Laurel Canyon detour of Born and Raised and Paradise Valley. Those two records, along with such earlier workouts as Try! John Mayer Trio Live in Concert, reveal the extent of Mayer's ambition, but The Search for Everything succeeds because he's not donning a new costume: instead, he's settling into a groove he can claim as his own, and it feels like he's at home.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/14/2017
Label: Sony
UPC: 0889854165925
catalogNumber: 541659
Rank: 4834

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Mayer   Primary Artist
Larry Goldings   Keyboards,Pump Organ
Jim Keltner   Drums
Sheryl Crow   Vocals
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Jardine   Vocals
Greg Leisz   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Andy Martin   Trombone
Pino Palladino   Bass
Matt Jardine   Vocals
Mike Elizondo   Bass
Tiffany Palmer   Vocals
Steve Jordan   Percussion,Drums
James Fauntleroy   Keyboards
Aaron Sterling   Percussion,Drums
Davide Rossi   Strings
Daniel Higgins   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements,Horn Conductor
Martin Pradler   Engineer
Steve Jordan   Executive Producer
John Mayer   Composer,Producer
Alex Alvarez   Guitar Techician
Chad Franscoviak   Producer,Engineer
Kurt Kasinoff   Guitar Techician
Jeremy Dean   Art Direction
René Martínez   Guitar Techician
Davide Rossi   String Arrangements
Soey Milk   Illustrations,Cover Art

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