Throwback Thursday: Room for Squares

Room For Squares is the debut album from rock/pop/blues singer-songwriter and producer John Mayer, which was released in 2001, when he was just 24 years old.  Room For Squares features his hit singles, “No Such Thing,” which peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “Your Body Is A Wonderland,” which peaked at #18.  The Connecticut native earned a Grammy award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 2003 for Wonderland.

The acoustic rock album follows themes of a younger version of himself.  In “No Such Thing,” he sings about going back to high school and screaming on the top of his lungs.   “I just can’t wait til my ten year reunion
I’m gonna bust down the double doors
And when I stand on these tables before you
You will know what all this time was for.”  He is referencing him becoming a musician.  Even his parents forced him to go to college.  Although he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, he dropped out.  In his song “83” he references going back to 1983, when he was 6 years old, singing “what ever happened to my lunchbox?”  He struggles with the idea of getting older.

John Mayer live in 2007

Room For Squares laid the foundation for the rest of Mayer’s career.  Even though the album was released in 2001, it did not peak on the Billboard 200 until 2003.  It spent 95 weeks on the chart.  The seven time Grammy Award winning artist has faced many struggles in his professional and personal life, just like anyone else in the spotlight.  His newest album The Search for Everything was released earlier this year.

 

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