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  • Muzik First


John Mayer resides in the Gen-X realm of being raised on radio and MTV, and he’s filtered those influences in his newly released eighth studio album, “Sob Rock." Nearly 20 years after his debut album “Room for Squares” and the idealism of debut single “No Such Thing,” Mayer continues to explore. “Sob Rock” is Mayer’s first album in four years, as he’s committed to touring with Dead & Company. His last album, “The Search for Everything” (2017), was a musical rendering of a psychiatrist’s couch, while “Born and Raised” (2012) tapped into his interest in Americana. But for this latest effort, he’s dedicated to revisiting the ‘80s, not through tinny synthesizers or with overwrought flamboyance, but pleasant, pillow-soft rock. Inspired, he’s said, by Quentin Tarantino’s casting various OGs in his movies, Mayer recruited ’80s studio standouts like keyboardist Greg Phillinganes and percussionist Lenny Castro to complement his usual players; their work provides just the right sparkle and groove to conjure the moment when blues-based rock was giving way to something shinier and more synthetic.

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