Have you listened to the latest John Mayer album? “The Search for Everything” was totally worth the wait. The Grammy-decorated singer-songwriter’s best album yet, “The Search for Everything” was a personal record that cuts straight to the heart. After all, his listeners did not need to have their share of pain to feel how his life breathed into his music.
Mayer had his fans crazy waiting as he teased with two EPs, “The Search for Everything: Wave One” and “The Search for Everything: Wave Two.” Both EPs had four heartfelt tracks each. The full album was released last April 14.
So, why should you listen to “The Search for Everything?” Aside from its distinct lyrics and beautiful melodies, Mayer did not go wrong with his genre of choice. His was a mix of rock, blues, alternative, and pop that made old fans come back, and new fans expectant.
I personally liked “Still Feel Like Your Man,” the title track for Wave Two. Its feel-good melody went really well with the sad lyrics—something not a lot of songwriters and producers can’t pull off. Whether or not Katy Perry inspired the song, the track is still golden. Mayer’s great storytelling/songwriting skills were also demonstrated in songs like “Rosie” and “You’re Gonna Live Forever In Me.” Indeed, John Mayer has returned—or never left.
Vinyl records faded into oblivion when compact discs (CDs) flooded the market in the ‘90s, but music connoisseurs and audiophiles held on to their precious 12″ believing that their analog babies will make their sweet comeback eventually. And return they did as vinyl albums outsell digital downloads for the first time. A more recent report even noted that sales of vinyl records in 2016 reached their highest level in 25 years.
What a remarkable feat indeed for a format that was deemed “dead” by many folks as CDs and eventually digital music captivated music fans all over the world. They can’t be blamed really. With digital music, especially, you can grow your album collection by leaps and bounds with just a few clicks and swipes. You can even conveniently carry your entire music library with you anywhere.
But as collectors of vinyls can attest, digital music doesn’t hold a candle to its analog counterpart. The sound from vinyl records is better, warmer. Even the occasional hissing or crackling sound vinyls are known for adds to the “authenticity” of the record. Plus, the listening experience is more active with vinyl. Fans can literally hug, hold, and admire their favorite singles and albums something that is impossible to do with a digitally curated playlist. Plus, have you seen those refurbished turntables? How cool will that look in your living room, right?
So, it is not surprising to see 50 and 60-year olds music enthusiasts combing through vintage shops and independent record stores for The Beatles’ debut LP “Please Please Me” or Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours.” Or their millennial counterparts searching for The White Stripes’ “Elephant” or Weezer’s “The Blue Album.” Call it nostalgia. Call it a trend. I just hear beautiful music.
Hey there! Mike Eckhardt here, aspiring music reporter. Will you be purchasing a vinyl album soon? Let me know how it goes. Send me a tweet!