Very competent album, shows his guitar-side better than other titles but still one step behind Joe Bonamassa. Mayer still a "singer" instead of a "guitar player" and some choices here might appeal better to radios, but grown old fast.
Eleven songs that hit the mark where last year’s overwrought "Born and Raised" mostly missed, Paradise Valley is a more lyrically restrained and less generically reflective affair. And musically, it’s bigger, more accomplished and more approachable.
The level of growth on Paradise Valley with respect to Mayer’s ability as a singer/songwriter is remarkable, especially considering how the first go-round of this sonic experiment happened only last year.