Try!

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Try!
Live album by John Mayer Trio
Released November 22, 2005
Recorded September 6 - November 10, 2005
Genre Electric blues
Length 63:23
Label Columbia
Producer Steve Jordan
John Mayer
John Mayer Trio chronology
As/Is
(2004)
Try!
(2005)
Continuum
(2006)
Singles from Try!
  1. "Who Did You Think I Was"
    Released: September 13, 2005

Try! is the first live album by the John Mayer Trio. It was released by Columbia Records on November 22, 2005. The album was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards.

Production[edit]

  • "Try"
    Title track from Try!. The song is the last before the encore, and features an extended jam session towards the end. This sample is taken from that section.
    "Who Did You Think I Was?"
    From the album Try! The first single, "Who Did You Think I Was?," lyrically underscores Mayer's decision to move away from acoustic pop music and towards blues, with lines such as, "Got a brand new blues that I can't explain."[1] This sample features an extended electric guitar solo.
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The trio features John Mayer (guitar/lead vocals), Pino Palladino (bass), and Steve Jordan (drums/backup vocals). Unlike previous efforts by John Mayer, Try! focuses on popular blues renditions rather than adult-contemporary pop songs. The CD includes two cover songs, "Wait Until Tomorrow" by Jimi Hendrix, and "I Got a Woman" by Ray Charles; two of Mayer's previous album, Heavier Things''s songs, "Daughters" and "Something's Missing"; and also showcased two songs from Mayer's then forthcoming album, Continuum, "Vultures" and "Gravity".

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [2]
Blender 3/5 stars [3]
The Daily Vault A [4]
Entertainment Weekly B− [5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars [6]
The Village Voice (favorable) [7]

Critical response to the album was mixed, with most critics being impressed with Mayer's progression and Palladino and Jordan's musicianship, while still being underwhelmed. Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone said, "over most of these sixty-three minutes [of the album], Mayer proves he can bowl you over, not just make your knees weak," ultimately giving the album three out of five stars.[8] Katy Hastey of Billboard found that "while "Try!" is brimming with talent, it's not consistently compelling."[9] People magazine heartily praised the album, concluding, "Here's hoping Mayer keeps this new groove going for his next solo disc."[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Who Did You Think I Was"   John Mayer 3:09
2. "Good Love Is on the Way"   Mayer, Steve Jordan, Pino Palladino 4:50
3. "Wait Until Tomorrow" (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover) Jimi Hendrix 4:14
4. "Gravity"   Mayer 5:49
5. "Vultures"   Mayer, Jordan, Palladino 5:19
6. "Out of My Mind"   Mayer 7:39
7. "Another Kind of Green"   Mayer 4:39
8. "I Got a Woman" (Ray Charles cover) Ray Charles, Renald Richard 7:40
9. "Something's Missing"   Mayer 6:56
10. "Daughters"   Mayer 6:14
11. "Try"   Mayer, Jordan, Palladino 6:52
Total length:
63:23

Personnel[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Bird, Rick (2007-06-21). "Mayer slings his guitar on 'Continuum' tour". The Cincinnati Post (E. W. Scripps Company). p. T3. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Blender review[dead link]
  4. ^ The Daily Vault review
  5. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  6. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide
  7. ^ The Village Voice review
  8. ^ Hoard, Christian (2005-12-01), "Mr. Chops". Rolling Stone. (988):126
  9. ^ Cohen, Jonathan; Hasty, Katie[clarification needed] (2005-11-26), "Try! John Mayer Trio Live in Concert". Billboard. 117 (48):64-65
  10. ^ C. A. (2005-12-12), "John Mayer Trio". People. 64 (24):46