Sonically, John Mayer: Where the Light Is is another in a growing list of fantastic live concert presentations on Blu-ray. This does wonders for the sense of envelopment and atmosphere and gives the performance a very authentic feel. The album also debuted in Australia on the at number 30. Admittedly sprawling and ambitious, is nonetheless a dynamic showcase for , who never fails to shine. This lack of detail, notably during the acoustic session, seems effected by the lighting. Even the concert itself is uniquely structured. Generally, the conceit works and the concert does shine a light, so to speak, on 's virtuosic musical chops.
Every note from each instrument couldn't sound better if the band was playing live in our living rooms. However, segmenting this concert into such specific aesthetic sounds loses some of the diverse flow a concert usually has. Released on July 1, 2008, the album documents Mayer's performance at the at in Los Angeles, California on December 8, 2007, during the promotional tour for his 2006 third studio album. Gravity Live at the Nokia Theatre - Video - 5. My receipt of John Mayer: Where the Light Is on Blu-ray for review served notice as to just how far out of the popular music loop I am. Come When I Call 10. I don't trust myself with loving you 8.
Who Did You Think I Was 9. Channel separation of individual sounds is transparent, so studying the band's jaw-dropping musicianship is a true joy. The second set features the reunion of the John Mayer Trio, a blues project backed by the rhythm section of legendary studio musicians Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino. Mayer's vocals are consistently strong and reproduced with an amazing lifelike clarity. The Heart of Life Live at the Nokia Theatre - Video - 5. Out Of My Mind 12. Clinch wisely realizes that Mayer's skill is the real show, and the almost fawning close-ups of his frenetic fingers become a separate character.
Like the music itself, I thought the camera work picked up a bit during the final two sessions, but the acoustic portion of the show seemed wholly repetitive with the same few mostly boring angles presented over and over again. Title Writer s Original release Length 6. The first-rate musicianship of Mayer and his bands as well as the sheer volume of material should make this an easy recommendation for fans of his more recent work. The sound design roots the bulk of the instrumentation in the front main speakers, reserving the surrounds largely for reverb and the roar of an extremely enthusiastic crowd, and the center channel is used somewhat sparingly. John Mayer: Where the Light Is provides listeners with two high definition audio experiences: a full 5.
Good Love Is On The Way 11. These interstitials include Mayer talking to the camera as he drives to rehearsal, changes into a full suit and tie for his set with the John Mayer Trio, and improvises a quick song about a dumpy paparazzo who starts trailing him. However, fine textures simply are not as visible as on the best live concert Blu-ray releases I've seen. However, segmenting this concert into such specific aesthetic sounds loses some of the diverse flow a concert usually has. I Don't Need No Doctor 19.
However, segmenting this concert into such specific aesthetic sounds loses some of the diverse flow a Mayer concert usually has. As such, the evening works as a nice representation of Mayer's work beginning with the 2003 album Heavier Things and continuing through his creative reinvention as a modern electric blues artist with 2005's Try! Reviewed by , June 30, 2008 I think that's the greatest thing about being in a band, is trying to impress one another, musically. Slow Dancing In A Burning Room 16. Mayer talks briefly about his method, then performs a short little tune. He really reminds me of Stevie Ray Vaughn both in vocals and guitar playing but with a more mainstream stay power. Also included is a ten-page booklet that contains mostly behind-the-scenes photographs. Its photography is rather stylized, preferring a subdued palette and flatter contrast, shying away from the vivid hues and almost tactile dimensionality so often on display in other concert discs.
Even the directness of the staging the light show is occasionally kinetic, but generally doesn't distract from the band is offset by inventive camera angles, and expert editing. Essentially, the concert is designed to showcase 's ability to move from melodic soft rock and pop to folky solo numbers and rockin' blues. Filmed entirely at the Nokia Theater on November 8, 2007, and directed by Danny Clinch, 'Where the Light Is' is a very well photographed and constructed film. Seldom does a concert disc come along that changes my perception of the artist. The audio on this release is truly second to none. So take it from a previous non-Mayer fan -- this is one concert disc that may actually convert the naysayers. S Chart 5 Gold - 500,000 U.
As such, the evening works as a nice representation of 's work beginning with the 2003 album and continuing through his creative reinvention as a modern electric blues artist with 2005's and finally his smash Grammy-winning 2006 effort,. Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download this movie. John Mayer fans are in for a treat as the film takes on a documentary-style approach in places, generally between acts. More arguable is Clinch's use of short interview vignettes with Mayer to break up the setlist. Slow Dancing In A Burning Room Live at the Nokia Theatre - Video - 5.
I Don't Trust Myself With Loving You 21. When Mayer speaks to the crowd between songs, there is a nice reverberation of his voice and slight rear-channel presence as it echoes behind us that places the Blu-ray home theater audience in the middle of the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Of course, music is like movies, some will love this far more than I do, and some will not. Good Love Is On The Way Live at the Nokia Theatre - Video - 5. The Heart Of Life 18.