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Inside Wants Out Single, EP, Import

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After making his introduction as a sensitive, acoustic-styled songwriter on 2001's Room for Squares, John Mayer steadily widened his approach over the subsequent years, encompassing everything from blues-rock to adult contemporary in the process. Arriving during the tail end of teen pop's heyday, he crafted pop music for a more discerning audience, spiking ... Read more in Amazon's John Mayer Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Sept. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, EP, Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00006JIC6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,160 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Back To You
2. No Such Thing
3. My Stupid Mouth
4. Neon
5. Victoria
6. Love Soon
7. Comfortable
8. Quiet

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John Mayer ~ Inside Wants Out

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adam on 2 Feb. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album is truly amazing. Back to where it all began. There isn't the big production that was eventually used for Room For Squares. Few instruments used, recorded the way it was played live. Definitely one for the die-hard Mayer fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily on 9 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
A Brilliant EP, with many of the favourites from from room full of squares, including Neon. Anyone looking to get into John Mayer this is the album for you.
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By sniff on 12 Jan. 2014
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having already purchased lots of John Mayer albums from amazon I was well p[leased yet again with this early cd. This fellow has a gift
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By Sgeorgina1997 on 28 April 2013
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Amazing as usual! Comfortable is definitely one of my favorites, it is so deep and meaningful! Well done John Mayer!
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110 of 112 people found the following review helpful
Keep in mind this is not full length.. but is great for fans 13 Nov. 2002
By Milkman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Okay, I'll admit it. My little sister turned me on to John Mayer last summer during his tour promoting "Room for Squares."
I own RFS and would give it a 5 out of 5. It is outstanding, and this isn't even my favorite genre of music, so that's saying a lot. And no, I'm not a Dave Matthews fan and I think Mayer sounds nothing like Dave Matthews, though I may be in the minority on that.
I bought "Inside Wants Out" knowing it was a "prequel" disk and that it is not full length. That is important for you to know, this album is not full length. It is more of a demo that he used to promote himself, and now that he has achieved acclaim it is being re-released.
However, those caveats being said, I would still suggest purchasing this album if you are a Mayer fan. There are enough new songs (songs not on RFS) to make it worthwhile. The songs that appear as fully-realized songs on RFS are in their pre-production stage on IWO, which is not to say they are bad at all. These songs are accoustic and simple and in a way give a more intimate feel.
106 of 109 people found the following review helpful
Honesty in Acoustics 4 Mar. 2003
By Jesse Hart - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I was turned on to John Mayer shortly before he broke out into mainstream, having seen/heard him on Conan O'Brien. I couldn't recall his name afterward (I knew it was John M-something), and I hadn't caught the name of the song in the first place, but I often reflected back on the chorus of what I'd later find out was "No Such Thing" and wonder if I'd hear it again so I could pick up the album.
"Room for Squares" came out, and I heard "No Such Thing" on the radio, and I did pick it up, and it remains one of my favorite singer/songwriter albums, but then I heard about "Inside Wants Out." The album is John's earlier work, recorded independently with him on acoustic guitar and no fancy mixes or backing. The four tracks present on both this album and "Room for Squares" (No Such Thing, Back to You, Neon, and My Stupid Mouth) come across as more honest and heartfelt in this version, with an intimate, rough-edged quality to them that brings to mind private concerts or livingroom performances.
In my personal opinion, if you haven't heard "My Stupid Mouth" done acoustically, you haven't heard it. The "Inside Wants Out" version of this song is by far my favorite John Mayer song, bar none, and is presented the way the song was meant to be heard--as an open, honest ballad rather than a big production. "Neon" stands out in this album, as well, and while I believe it superior to the "Room for Squares" version, both are excellent and worth listening to (perhaps simply in different settings). "Back to You" comes across almost exactly the same on both versions, and "No Such Thing" is equally good on both albums.
The real gem of this CD is the new content--the B-Sides Victoria, Love Soon, and Comfortable. The wistful, romantic "Comfortable" is a song for a dearly-missed ex-lover, and tugs at the heartstrings of all who have loved and lost, even if we loved again. "Victoria" is a melancholy, sad ode to someone who had to move on rather than stay where she was, with lovely but depressing lyrics and progression. And finally there's the upbeat, optimistic "Love Soon," the song for a man in love with an older woman, presenting an ages-old situation in a fresh-faced light.
While acoustic music may not be everyone's bag, this album is definitely worth getting, and makes a fantastic companion to "Room for Squares" rather than seeming superfluous due to overlapping tracks. The differences are marked enough that it's almost like listening to a different song entirely.
53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Guitar player's choice 11 Oct. 2002
By Jack - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I feel like a spoilsport only giving 4 stars but I'm a tough grader and there are a few songs here that don't move me. But I heartily recommend this especially if you appreciate clean acoustic guitar and small combo arrangements.
I'm a recent discoverer of John Mayer, and the choice in front of me was this or Room for Squares. Listening to song samples of the common songs between the albums, I found the production of the RFS album to be muddy sounding, with overproduced instrumental tracks. As a guitar player, I love the clean, pure qualities of this album. Also, one of my favorite songs on this album is Comfortable, not on the other.
A number of reviews draw comparisons to Dave Matthews. Maybe there's a superficial similarity of vocal quality, but Mayer's melodies and guitar style don't sound at all like Matthews to me. The performer that Mayer really sounds like is probably less well known than he is, David Wilcox. Mayer's vocal quality, melodies, lyrical style, everything is extremely reminiscent of Wilcox's "How did you find me here" album and if you like Mayer, try that album. Wilcox's guitar parts are played with unconventional open tunings, and I wouldn't be surprised if Mayer is doing that too on some of these songs.
If you've already bought Room for Squares and like it, don't let it keep you from getting this one too. I'm betting you'll end up liking these versions better.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
WOW 18 Feb. 2003
By Lindsay - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Before I bought this album I liked John Mayer. He was good. After I bought this album I freaking loved John Mayer. He was absolutely amazing.
I liked his Room For Squares album alot, and I decided to buy this because it was new music, and I'm extremely picky. But the acoustic-sounding, less-processed sounds of his songs that I already knew immediately turned Mayer into my favorite artist whom I contrast all music against. Here's what I think of Inside Wants OUt:
1) BACK TO YOU: I never really listened to this song on RFS, but this version, being the first track really made me understand the song. Impressive lyrics, as with all Mayer songs ("I'm so good at forgetting and I quit every game I play but forgive me, love, I can't turn and walk away.")
2) NO SUCH THING: this version is SO MUCH better than the RFS one that plays on the radio. Its not as pop sounding.
3) MY STUPID MOUTH: this song is good either version, but this version, like No Such thing, isn't as radio-friendly. Awesome lyrics, too.
4) NEON: Oh. My. Gosh. I liked neon on RFS because the guitar was different. But on this version, it is the same riff played on an acoustic guitar and is simply beyond words.
5) VICTORIA: New song! One of the best songs I've heard in a long long time. Beautiful guitar, words, melody and story.
6) LOVE SOON: probably the weakest song on the album, but I still find it catchy. It's a little cheesy ("I understand I wasn't part of the plan/ a dollar short/ a minute early/ but I am your man")but I still like it.
7) COMFORTABLE: This is the lovey-doveyest song ever created. Its good and it has a beautiful sound, but I find it boring. Especially when I'm lonely. Then I just have to turn it off and say "Enough love already!" Plus it kind of gets boring the 83rd time you listen to it.
8) QUIET: I freaking love this song. The guitar in it is so melodic and peaceful. Mayer does an excellent job of creating the mood of the story he's telling with music, and that really shines through on this song. Wise words too ("Daylight is climbing the walls/cars start and feet walk the halls/the world wakes and now I am saved/ at least by the light of day") It's about not being able to sleep because you're thinking too much.
If you don't love JOhn Mayer, you should. He proves himself on bith albums as one of the most promising musicians of all time.
And if you want another good Mayer song, download "Lifelines". It has some very very very good lyrics.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Great album...better than Room for Squares 22 Sept. 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Basically, this album was originally released independently, way before Room for Squares, when John was primarily touring by himself (and sometimes his bassist) with just his acoustic guitar. Wanting to cash in on John's sudden success and emergence into mainstream in the year 2002, the 'big-league' record company has decided to rerelease this earlier album (as was the case with RCA rereleasing Dave Matthews Band's independent release Remember Two Things after they hit it big, for example). I would think that good musicians usually let their sound mature from album to album, but in this case, I think that this album is more mature and introspective than Room for Squares. While many of the songs are the same on both albums, this is an entirely acoustic album (no band backing him) which gives the songs a calmer, more intelligent sound (in my opinion). Don't get me wrong, it is not that I don't like the electric versions on Room for Squares, but I find those songs to be produced and recorded in a very "poppy" manner (for lack of a better word), which I feel don't mesh with John's lyrics or general style for that matter. Most hardcore John Mayer fans that I've met prefer this acoustic version of Neon to the electric one, and I would agree. Other songs like Comfortable are pure gems. Listening to this album makes you realize why John got really famous in the first place. It jams without being too improved, it is calm and upbeat at the same time, and it is good for any mood. This album perfectly blends acoustic pop with slight, funky jazz...and you'll just have to buy the album to know what I mean. John's musical influences, Dave Matthews, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Miles Davis to name a few, are all evident here.
In conclusion, this album won't change rock and roll. John's acoustic pop isn't something that has never been done before. But it is the way John convey's his experiences with love, loss, boredom and happiness that seem to be so familiar. He seems to speak to the listener in a way where you can really identify with him. This album belongs in anyone's collection who enjoys catchy acoustic songs, with deep or introspective meanings.
And anyone who enjoys Room for Squares, buy this album NOW! I enjoy it a lot better and I bet you will too. I think the acoustic, non-band sound fits John a lot better.
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