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John Mayer: Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles

(Columbia)
By Jonathan Bautts
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Recorded last December at the Nokia Theatre, Where the Light Is confirms John Mayer’s status as a top-class performer and one of the great guitarists of our time. Spanning two discs, the 22-song effort begins with a stripped-down acoustic session before segueing into sets from the bluesy John Mayer Trio and Mayer’s own seven-piece touring band. While the obvious hits are included (“Daughters,” “Waiting on the World to Change”), the excellent musicianship stands out as most impressive.

In keeping in line with Mayer’s recent blues-driven work, several of the songs are extended into epic jam sessions amid free-styling guitar solos. Backed by a few inspired covers (Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’,” Ray Charles’ “I Don’t Need No Doctor”) and his smooth voice, which continues to improve with age, the record is a testament to Mayer’s musical ability and makes for a nice holdover until his next studio album drops.

Grade: A-

Where the Light Is is currently available.

Article posted on 7/16/2008
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