With Try!, John Mayer's power trio rocks the joint with this live set of rock and blues. The band features Steve Jordan on drums and Pino Palladino, John Entwhistle's replacement in The Who, on bass. The set includes reworkings of a couple of Mayer's earlier songs ("Daughters"and Something's Missing"), a hot version of Ray Charles's "I Got A Woman," and a few new originals including the great title track that is credited to the entire trio.
Mayer's rough, gravely, voice was never suited to the kind of pop music he sang on his first two albums. It always seemed out of place, but here his vocal style suits the material very well.
Try! sounds as if Mayer was born to sing and play bluesy rock n' roll. Let's hope he gives us more in the future but don't be surprised if he changes directions again.