With one listen through completed, i'm hoping this is one of those albums that improves dramatically with more exposure.
I was hoping for an improvement over Battle Studies, (don't write an album whilst in a relationship with Jennifer Aniston)and it isn't for me personally, just different as it's mostly acoustic in the vein of Neil Young and Crosby Stills and Nash.
Don't get me wrong, there are some nice moments here that will accompany well any sunny days we get this summer, but it isn't going to bury itself under my skin like Continuum did i don't think.
The problem in my humble opinion is that this album lacks the groove and snap that the acoustic songs from 'Where The Light Is' had in spades. I know live albums often tend to capture a certain something, but there's nothing here that raises itself above half hearted unfortunately.
I know Mayer has (hopefully) many years of creative output yet to come, it would be horrendous to contemplate he may have peaked (again for me personally) with Continuum.
I'm not bashing him honestly, for a still young man he's obscenely talented and writes songs way beyond his years, it just doesn't seem to me that he brought any of that experience or attitude to the writing or recording of this album.
I stuck with battle Studies because there are a couple of moments in there reminiscent of earlier Mayer that keep it in my collection, i'm hoping Born and Raised reaches at least that level as it always feels like something of a personal defeat to give up on an album altogether.