Interesting that Tidal have two versions of this album, both 24 bit FLAC/ 48kHz MQA, but a standard version and a ‘360 Audio’ version. Not seen this before.
Listening to this via Roon (both versions MQA first unfold transcoded to 96khz WAV) the 360 Audio version has a distinctly deeper sound stage and more holographic sound than the standard version. Digital trickery no doubt, but definitely a more involving listen… sounds good!
Same could be said about Ryan Adams, he’s flawed. However he’s released 2 excellent albums in the past year or so. As it turns out most rock and rollers are troubled souls (there’s a surprise) that’s generally what makes them great artists.
Just watched the interview, thanks. A lot of hot air out of backsides from both of them imho. However, love the record.
First came across him when watching a recording of the Clapton Guitar Festival from 07 ( I think). I can’t remember someone I had not heard of before grabbing my attention like that. It was his guitar playing. Since got all of his output. He is clearly a brilliant player, but it is what he plays which is the key imho and he does not over do it.
There is an interview on Youtube with Clapton and he does not hold back his praise. Said that he doesn’t think Mayer himself knows how good he is.
Hope Mayer does another Blues/Rock album at some point, perhaps with the Trio again.
Glad you enjoyed! …it’s so evocative as you describe. I can’t help but slide my jacket sleeves up when listening to it
There is a BBC2 documentary - in two parts - about the origins and path taken by Yacht Rock. I think it’s currently unavailable on iPlayer - but I’m sure you’ll be able to find it. It’s really well done.
I think this is absolutely it - is this album anything other than smart, tuneful and slick adult orientated pop rock? …no, not really… Is that in any way a bad thing? …well no! …he does have a real ear for an ear worm as you say! …it’s not in the “all killer no filler” category - but there are some real standouts that are up there with his best - and nothing that doesn’t stand out falls anywhere close to offensive.
Comparisons to Joe Bonamassa for this album are totally redundant - it’s a million miles from his cod blues meanderings - compare it to Steely Dan and Dire Straits, well ok…
I’ve not seen that before. Great. But yeah - those faces - how off putting for one, but also it does make me wonder what all those super models see in him! …I guess at least we now all know what they ACTUALLY saw