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I was never a John Mayer fan before purchasing this album. I had listened to Battle Studies on the first week of it's release in 2009 and didn't think much of it. For some unknown reason I decided to download Where the Light is DVD in early 2010, not expecting much as I didn't really enjoy battle studies. Upon first listen I skipped through each track listening to parts and my first impression was boy could this guy play guitar. The opening of Neon which starts the show on acoustic guitar, just blew my ears away and made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. It was that good. So I proceeded listening to other parts and I was completely sold.
I must mention, prior to listening to this album I never knew exactly what music I really loved. I never had a deep connection to any album or artist and was constantly experimenting with different genres to discover something I really loved.
This was it. I played this album over and over again. I just couldn't get enough of this guy. And what's more is that I picked up my guitar after 2 years of being fed up with not be interested enough in the music I was playing. This man introduced me into a whole new world of music and different genres.
That was my personal experience. Now onto why this is such an amazing album. The album itself is split into three incarnations; the acoustic, blues trio and the popular contemporary hits. The acoustic set is full of mellow melodic songs which include Neon, Daughters, Stop this train and a cover of Tom Petty's free falling. As I would later find out, John Mayer executes some of the best cover song versions of any artist I have come across, free falling is a prime example.
The blues trio set was where this album puts John Mayer into the category of not just 'a guy who can sing a few love songs,' but a man that is keeping the blues genre alive in this generation. He proves his guitar ability and his vast song writing talent in being capable to write engrossing blues songs such as 'good love is on the way' and 'come when I call.'
The final set was made up of the hits which Mayer is most famous for, mainly focusing on his 2006 album continuum. But what makes this set so refreshing is that like his other sets the live versions of each song are so much more gratifying and enthralling compared to his studio work (which might I add, I am not knocking at all!). And what's very important is that this set proves that John Mayer is not just a great guitarist or a great songwriter but he is a brilliant performer. He knows when to stop and start the guitar solo's (which is a problem for many guitarist, as it's easy to over play), he is exceptional at improvising on the spot and he just knows what works musically and what doesn't.
After listening to this album multiple times, I have listened to all of John Mayer's albums. Including Battle Studies again. Where the Light is seemed to shine a new light on Battle Studies for me, as I now enjoy the album very much and have done ever since. I cannot stress enough that this man in my opinion is so overly underrated, as I would never have come across this album, only for my curiosity. In my opinion this live album is his best work.