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Room for Squares
Room for Squares
is the debut studio album by American musician John Mayer. It was released through Aware Records
Aware Records
and Columbia Records
Columbia Records
on June 5, 2001, the album peaked at number 9 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. Upon its release, Room for Squares
Room for Squares
received generally positive reviews from most music critics and earned Mayer a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the single "Your Body Is a Wonderland". It is his best-selling album to date, with sales of over 4,484,000 copies in the U.S. as of July 2014.[2]

Contents

1 Background 2 Reception 3 Track listings 4 Other covers 5 Personnel

5.1 Musicians 5.2 Production

6 References 7 External links

Background[edit] The album's title is a reference to Hank Mobley's No Room for Squares album.[3] All songs from the album are written by Mayer; three songs, "No Such Thing", "Neon", and "Love Song for No One", were co-written with Clay Cook. The first two of these, along with "My Stupid Mouth" and "Back to You", originally appeared on Mayer's 1999 EP Inside Wants Out. The songs are largely based on Mayer's personal experiences.[4] Through constant shows, including in the Atlanta-area Eddie's Attic, Mayer's reputation began to build. In March, an acquaintance of Mayer's, a lawyer, sent an EP to Gregg Latterman at Aware Records.[5][6] After including him in the Aware Festival concerts and having his songs included on Aware compilations, in early 2001, Aware released Room for Squares
Room for Squares
as an internet-only album. During that time, Aware inked a deal with Columbia Records
Columbia Records
that gave Columbia first pick in signing Aware artists, and so in September 2001, Columbia remixed and re-released Room for Squares.[7] As part of the major label "debut", the album's artwork was updated, and the track "3x5" was added, which did not appear on the original as the recording was not yet complete at the time. The re-release included reworked studio versions of the first four songs from his indie album, Inside Wants Out.[8] The cover art for the most recent release of Room for Squares features a periodic table design beginning from the back cover which continues to the front cover, ending at the right-side. The album was relatively unknown at its time of release, but it became more well-known through word of mouth and John's touring,[4] and reached number one Billboard's Heatseekers chart by March 2002.[9] By the end of that year, Room for Squares
Room for Squares
had spawned several radio hits, including "No Such Thing", "Your Body Is a Wonderland", and ultimately, "Why Georgia" (a radio-only single). Reception[edit]

Professional ratings

Review scores

Source Rating

AllMusic [1]

Blender [10]

The Boston Phoenix [11]

Michigan Daily B+[12]

PopMatters (unfavorable)[13]

Robert Christgau [14]

Rolling Stone [3]

The Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
Album
Album
Guide [15]

Slant Magazine [16]

Stylus Magazine B[17]

By April 2002, Room for Squares
Room for Squares
had seen increases in eight of the previous nine weeks, earning the Billboard 200's Greatest Gainer (from number 82 to 56)—a 36 percent surge.[18] The increase was attributed to combination of a March performance of The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and the radio-and-retail campaign launched in more than 10 markets where Mayer was receiving airplay.[18] It reached number seven on Billboard's Top Pop Catalog.[19] A steady seller, the album was certified platinum despite never being a top-ten hit.[20] Anthony DeCurtis (with Rolling Stone) gave the album four out of five stars, calling it "irresistible".[3] PopMatters
PopMatters
gave an unfavorable review, saying "It doesn't offend, nor does it attempt to make itself too exciting for the most part."[13] Robert Christgau
Robert Christgau
said that composition lyrics like "She keeps a toothbrush at my place/As if I had the extra space" on "City Love" are an improvement over Norah Jones.[14] By the end of 2002, Room for Squares
Room for Squares
had spawned several radio hits, including, "No Such Thing", "Your Body Is a Wonderland", and, ultimately, "Why Georgia", which was released as a CD single six weeks before the follow-up album, Heavier Things, was released in 2003. In 2003, Mayer won a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Your Body Is a Wonderland". In his acceptance speech he remarked, “This is very, very fast, and I promise to catch up.”[21] He referred to himself as being sixteen, a remark that many mistook to mean that he was only sixteen years old at the time.[22] Track listings[edit] All tracks written by John Mayer, except where noted.

Original version (AWA110)

No. Title Writer(s) Length

1. "No Such Thing" Mayer, Clay Cook 3:51

2. "Why Georgia"   4:30

3. "My Stupid Mouth"   3:47

4. "Your Body Is a Wonderland"   4:08

5. "Neon" Mayer, Cook 4:23

6. "City Love"   4:03

7. "83"   4:55

8. "Love Song for No One" Mayer, Cook 3:24

9. "Back to You"   4:04

10. "Great Indoors"   3:36

11. "Not Myself"   3:39

12. "St. Patrick's Day"   5:20

Total length: 49:45

Columbia re-release (CK 85293)

No. Title Writer(s) Length

1. "No Such Thing"   3:51

2. "Why Georgia"   4:28

3. "My Stupid Mouth"   3:45

4. "Your Body Is a Wonderland"   4:09

5. "Neon" Mayer, Cook 4:22

6. "City Love"   4:00

7. "83"   4:50

8. "3×5"   4:50

9. "Love Song for No One" Mayer, Cook 3:21

10. "Back to You"   4:01

11. "Great Indoors"   3:36

12. "Not Myself"   3:40

13. "St. Patrick's Day"   5:21

Total length: 54:19

Note: On the Columbia re-release, "St. Patrick's Day" is consistently listed as track 14; track 13 is an unlisted song with a duration of 0:04, and sometimes even 0:00.

United States Columbia bonus disc with VCD bonus video (An Intimate Session With John Mayer)

No. Title Length

1. "EPK An Intimate Session with John Mayer
John Mayer
(video)" 6:15

2. "Back to You" (acoustic)  

3. "No Such Thing" (acoustic)  

4. "Lenny" (live)  

5. "The Wind Cries Mary" ( The Jimi Hendrix Experience
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
cover live at the X Lounge)  

Other covers[edit] The album's cover for its initially planned June 2001 release in the United States and its Japan release had different covers.

Original release

Japanese version

Personnel[edit] All track numbers correlate with those on the Columbia release of the album. Musicians[edit]

John Mayer
John Mayer
– vocals; guitars; Korg Triton
Korg Triton
synthesizer on tracks 1, 4, 7, 10 and 11; omnichord on track 1, 5, 10 and 12; toy piano and vibraphone on track 4; vibraslap on track 7; piano on track 8; percussion on track 11 David LaBruyere – bass on all tracks Nir Z – drums on tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 14, loops on tracks 2 and 5, percussion on track 6 Brandon Bush – Hammond organ
Hammond organ
on tracks 1, 2, 3, 7, 9 and 14; Wurlitzer electric piano
Wurlitzer electric piano
on tracks 1, 4 and 9; Rhodes piano
Rhodes piano
on tracks 5 and 14; mellotron on tracks 12 and 14 John Alagia – percussion on track 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 9; guitar on tracks 5 and 9; Hammond organ
Hammond organ
on track 4 and 6; Wurlitzer electric piano on track 6; jingle bells on "St. Patrick's Day"; production; mixing on tracks 2, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 14; engineering

Clay Cook – backing vocals on tracks 2, 5 and 9 Doug Derryberry – backing vocals on tracks 2, 5 and 9 Chris Fischer – congas on track 4 Carole Rabinowitz – cello on track 6 Jon Catchings – cello on track 6 Kristin Wilkinson – viola on track 6 David Angell – violin on track 6 David Davidson – violin on track 6 Jerry Marotta
Jerry Marotta
– drums on track 8

Production[edit]

Jack Joseph Puig – mixing on tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10 Jeff Juliano – mixing on tracks 2, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 14; engineering; Pro Tools
Pro Tools
engineering Scott Hull – mastering John Mark Painter – strings arrangements Dan Fallon – artwork Alex Fallon – artwork Joshua Kessler – photography (Columbia release)

References[edit]

^ a b Leahey, Andrew. " Room for Squares
Room for Squares
- John Mayer". AllMusic. Retrieved on 2009-12-29. ^ Grein, Paul (July 8, 2014). "USA: Top 20 New Acts Since 2000". Yahoo! Music.  ^ a b c Decurtis, Anthony (December 6, 2001), "John Mayer". Rolling Stone. (883/884):152 ^ a b Newman, Melinda (November 24, 2001), "Mayer Proves He's No 'Square' With Release Of Aware/Columbia Disc". Billboard. 113 (47):14 ^ Wood, Mikael (March 28, 2002). "Room at the Top". The Dallas Observer. Retrieved 22 December 2017. I met a great lawyer who was willing to promote me. He sent out my records to labels, and Aware was one of his first ideas. He knew my music well enough to know it was gonna take a smaller label to do it, and he was right. Aware was the label.  ^ Proefrock, Stacia (2005). "Biography" AllMusicGuide.com. Retrieved on April 23, 2007. ^ No byline. "A Brief History" AwareRecords.com. Retrieved on June 12, 2007. ^ Back, Alan (2001). " John Mayer
John Mayer
carves out his own niche with national debut album" Archived 2005-10-27 at the Wayback Machine. Nique.net. Retrieved on June 22, 2007. ^ Hay, Carla (April 6, 2002), "Aware/Columbia's John Mayer
John Mayer
Makes 'Room For Squares' A Hit". Billboard. 114 (14):22 ^ Powers, Ann. "John Mayer: Room for Squares". Blender. Retrieved on 2009-12-29. Archived December 13, 2004, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Wood, Mikael (February 21-28, 2002). "John Mayer: Room for Squares". The Boston Phoenix. Retrieved on 2009-12-29. ^ Melamed, Robyn (2001-12-04). "Room for Squares, John Mayer Aware/Columbia". Michigan Daily. Retrieved on 2009-12-29. ^ a b Thompson, Jason (2001-09-17). "John Mayer: Room for Squares". PopMatters. Retrieved on 2009-12-29. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "CG: John Mayer". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2013-03-24.  ^ Hoard, Christian. "John Mayer: Album
Album
Guide". Rolling Stone: 522–523. November 2, 2004. Archived from the original on 2010-09-28. ^ Blanford, Roxanne (2001-09-18). "John Mayer: Room for Squares". Slant Magazine. Retrieved on 2009-12-29. ^ Blanford, Roxanne (2003-09-01). " John Mayer
John Mayer
- Room for Squares
Room for Squares
- Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved on 2009-12-29 ^ a b Mayfield, Geoff (April 6, 2002), "Over the Country". Billboard. 114 (14):71 ^ (April 3, 2004), "TOP POP CATALOG". Billboard. 116 (14):79 ^ Willman, Chris (August 9, 2002), "Meet John Dough". Entertainment Weekly. (666):36 ^ Bream, Jon (2007). "Win or lose, John Mayer
John Mayer
says his work keeps him happy" Star-Ecentral.com. Retrieved on April 23, 2007. ^ Serpick, Evan (February 2007), "Grammy Preview: John Mayer", Rolling Stone Volume unknown: 32

External links[edit]

Room for Squares
Room for Squares
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John Mayer

Discography

Studio albums

Room for Squares Heavier Things Continuum Battle Studies Born and Raised Paradise Valley The Search for Everything

Live albums

Any Given Thursday As/Is Try! Where the Light Is: John Mayer
John Mayer
Live in Los Angeles

Extended plays

Inside Wants Out The Village Sessions The Complete 2012 Performances Collection The Search for Everything: Wave One The Search for Everything: Wave Two

Singles

"No Such Thing" "Your Body Is a Wonderland" "Why Georgia" "Bigger Than My Body" "Clarity" "Daughters" "Waiting on the World to Change" "Belief" "Gravity" "Dreaming with a Broken Heart" "Say" "Free Fallin'" "Who Says" "Heartbreak Warfare" "Half of My Heart" "Shadow Days" "Queen of California" "Who You Love" "Love on the Weekend"

Featured singles

"Go!" "Streetcorner Symphony"

Video albums

Any Given Thursday Where the Light Is: John Mayer
John Mayer
Live in Los Angeles

Concert tours

Battle Studies World Tour Born and Raised World Tour The Search for Everything
The Search for Everything
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