(2001) Room For Squares

John Mayer

... read moreAfter making a small buzz with the Inside Wants Out EP, John Mayer hired veteran producer John Alagía (known for his work with the Dave Matthews Band) to beef up his full-length debut with commercial polish. Released in September 2001, Room for Squares proved to be a well-timed album, quietly...

54′:09″ 13 Songs

1
No Such Thing
John Mayer
3:51
2
Why Georgia
John Mayer
4:28
3
My Stupid Mouth
John Mayer
3:44
4
Your Body Is A Wonderland
John Mayer
4:08
5
Neon
John Mayer
4:22
6
City Love
John Mayer
4:00
7
83
John Mayer
4:50
8
3X5
John Mayer
4:49
9
Love Song For No One
John Mayer
3:21
10
Back To You
John Mayer
4:02
11
Great Indoors
John Mayer
3:36
12
Not Myself
John Mayer
3:37
13
St. Patrick's Day
John Mayer
5:21
Released 16 October 2001, 2001 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

Review

After making a small buzz with the Inside Wants Out EP, John Mayer hired veteran producer John Alagía (known for his work with the Dave Matthews Band) to beef up his full-length debut with commercial polish. Released in September 2001, Room for Squares proved to be a well-timed album, quietly heralding the end of teen pop's glory days with clever wordplay, savvy chord progressions, and mature songwriting. Songs like "No Such Thing" and "Neon" mixed jazz chords with digestible choruses, fashioning a sort of brainy, college-educated pop hybrid that appealed to discerning listeners and mainstream fans alike. Of course, it didn't hurt that Mayer also loaded the album with more straightforward numbers -- particularly "Your Body Is a Wonderland," a bubbling piece of bedroom pop that helped expand his female audience. Mayer's soon-to-be famous guitar solos and bluesy, Stevie Ray Vaughan-styled riffs were sorely absent from the mix, though, as he limited the bulk of his fretwork to the acoustic guitar. It would take a jam-friendly concert album -- 2003's Any Given Thursday -- to introduce the full range of Mayer's axeman skills to the public, but Room for Squares still provides a nice introduction to his catalog, highlighting his blend of collegiate pop/rock and sensitive acoustics while only hinting at the genre-hopping chameleon he'd later become. [Room for Squares was also released on LP.] ~ Andrew Leahey