Tag Archives: John Mayer

Trumpets and Tripe
Hot 100 Roundup—6/14/14

5 Seconds Of Summer—“Good Girls” #34 Oh, good, I don’t need to like them after all. Not just because this is lumbering, overblown, sexist tripe, but because they haven’t got the brains to produce even semi-interesting sexist tripe. I.e., in … Continue reading

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Spaghetti Western Christmas: Hot 100 Roundup—12/21/13

Pentatonix—“Little Drummer Boy” #13 My second least favorite Christmas song (number 1: “Do You Hear What I Hear”), done with a human beatbox (how did that take so long to show up?) and a group of singers who desperately want … Continue reading

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Pop Makes Me Feel Some Type of Way: Hot 100 Roundup—8/3/13

Danielle Bradbery—“The Heart of Dixie” #58 Bradberry is a decent singer, probably the best to come off a TV competition in the last few years. But this is a terrible song: obvious musically, confused lyrically (the last verse starts like … Continue reading

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In Limbo
Hot 100 Roundup—1/5/13

In real life, this is the last Hot 100 of 2012, not the first of 2013, but since Billboard starts and ends their year ten days ahead of the rest of the world, in Chartland we’re already into the new … Continue reading

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Attempted Comeback Week
Hot 100 Roundup—8/4/12

Jason Aldean—“Take A Little Ride” #12 If it weren’t for Brantley Gilbert, Aldean would be the king of country overkill, so it’s nice to hear him tone it down a notch (half a notch, anyway) on this ode to driving … Continue reading

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Confusion
Hot 100 Roundup—3/24/12

John Mayer—“Shadow Days” #42 John Mayer would like you to know that after crashing on his hotel room floor and doing something despicable to an unnamed young lady (no guesses, please), that he has gotten over his shadow days and … Continue reading

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New this week—12/13/09

Glee Cast—”Last Christmas” #63 Unlike the other twenty (!!!) songs Glee has put on the Hot 100 this year, this one seems perfectly designed for the sort of bland vocal treatment the show specializes in. It is a Christmas song, … Continue reading

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New this week—11/29/09

John Mayer “Half of My Heart” (featuring Taylor Swift), #25 “Heartbreak Warfare”, #100 What bothers me about these records, both above average in execution, emotion, and intelligence—especially “Heartbreak Warfare”—is Mayer’s apparent inability not to wear his influences on his sleeve. … Continue reading

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New this week

John Mayer—”Who Says” #17 I’ve always thought of Mayer as a likeable but pretentious boob, a well-meaning, highly skilled guy who let his good taste and sense of importance get in the way of his talent. Here, however, he leans … Continue reading

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