Paradise Valley

  • Record Label: Columbia
  • Release Date: Aug 20, 2013
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 39
  2. Negative: 3 out of 39
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  1. Dec 17, 2013
    6
    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.
  2. Nov 15, 2013
    5
    Hoped to give this album a higher score, as always, I try to stay optimistic, although this one did not hook me at all and basically bored me to tears.
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Aug 23, 2013
    75
    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.
  2. Aug 21, 2013
    80
    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.
  3. Aug 20, 2013
    50
    These new songs are so amiable that you wonder where they’re meant to take you. Often the breezy journey--while pleasant enough--leads to dead ends.