Well I ain't no troublemaker and I never meant her harm ... it sucks to be honest, it hurts to be real' - those were not exactly the words we expected to come out of John Mayer's mouth. He's been a poster-boy for kiss-and-tell musicians for a while, but now he's a reformed bad boy (which is just as appealing for his female fan base, if not more). Mayer takes the time on Born and Raised's first single, Shadow Days to mention numerous times that he's a 'good man with a good heart', which is again hard to believe - all those high-profile exes, anyone? But OK, enough bashing: he deserves credit for being reflective but not preachy. Throughout this fifth studio album, Mayer displays his prowess on the guitar - a short solo here and there, nothing flashy. Structurally sound, the saying 'simple is best' rings true here: Born and Raised is back to basics, with a little experimental funk thrown in. Love is a Verb is a gentle reminder that love 'ain't a thing' and that we should 'show' affection to our family and friends. Definitely the most thought-provoking track and a prime example of his maturity. Mayer's acoustic guitar and soothing voice can be compared to jeans and a T-shirt: both are combinations that will endure.