Review: The Search for Everything – Wave Two by John Mayer

The second collection of songs from the highly anticipated album allows us to begin conceptualizing just exactly what it is John Mayer is searching for. Wave Two features four new tracks of complete unadulterated bliss.

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The Search for Everything is shaping up to be a beautiful illustration of Mayer’s most profound personal suffering. After all, the best kind of music stems from adversity. He hits on a variety of genres throughout to demonstrate the complexities of his emotions, effortlessly proving that he’s well versed in them all. The implementation of so many different musical influences allows Mayer to perfectly match the mood to the melody.

Mayer recently sat down with Rolling Stone to discuss the inspiration behind Wave Two, which revealed sentiments that go “beyond a break-up record.” Instead, Mayer calls The Search for Everything his interpretation of loss.

“It’s about the ghost in the room. Proudly, it is, as my therapist says, a study into the metaphysics of absent love.”

The first track, “Still Feel Like Your Man,” tells the story of someone struggling to move on from a broken relationship accompanied by soulful R&B riffs. This song is similar to track one off of Wave One titled “Moving on Getting Over.” The meanings of these songs seem to be two feathers off of the same bird, reflecting Mayer’s conflicting feelings on the issue.

In the ballad “Emoji of a Wave,” resembling themes sung about in “Love On the Weekend” from Wave One, Mayer makes you swoon with his description of what it’s like to be in a long distance relationship. He compares the time he has with her to the quickness and unpredictability of a wave in the ocean. This track sheds light on the passion that once existed before the heartache.

“Helpless” melds blues and funk together to create an ironically upbeat melody for an otherwise somber tune, in which he may be crying for help. The lyric, “the same brain that brings me ecstasy is the same pain that gets the best of me” eludes to what Mayer was talking about when he mentioned that he attended therapy.

Wave Two closes it out with the relaxed country-esque “Roll It On Home” in which Mayer comes to terms with all the sorrow he detailed in preceding tracks. It paints the picture of a man wasting away at the bar, picking himself back up and taking it home, where he’ll be able to start again in the morning.

9/10.

You can listen to Wave Two below.

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