Music Review: “Gravity” John Mayer vs. Tyler Ward

Sorry for the lateness of this post! I’m unfortunately still sick and there are a few days where it has been hard to get out of bed.

With that already said and out of the way, let’s get on to the review!

This review will be somewhat of a throwback – but not as far back as last week!

John Mayer is an artist that many know in the acoustic world. Many aspire to be able to play his songs acoustically because of how challenging the guitar solos and accompaniments are. He’s also been known for dating Taylor Swift and writing amazing yet simple songs.

John Mayer is also known for his unique voice that has a clear timbre but the quality of his voice has a bit of a nasally tone to it. It’s easily recognizable and also dearly loved by many listeners. He has been dubbed as one of the “New Guitar Gods” in 2007 and was described as “the teen idol that the pubescent girls shriek for after he plays ‘Your Body Is a Wonderland” by Erik Crawford.

This song is certainly beautiful; the blend of vocals and harmonies at the end of the song in combination with Mayer’s own distinct, mellow voice makes listening to this song quite enjoyable. In addition, the electric guitar solos have a blues feel to it that adds an interesting flavor to the song as whole.

I would give this song a 9/10 for a very beautifully balanced blend of vocals, lyrics and instrumental.

 

Now on to the cover!

Tyler Ward has been a renowned Youtube artist for quite a while now. Known for his amazing acoustic covers of pop songs and also his own original songs, Tyler Ward has completed five worldwide tours, performing alongside many popular artists. He is the one that coined the phrase “Social Media Artist” – which is basically a name for full-time musicians who make a living via social media platforms. He has 1 album and 1 EP out currently.

Tyler Ward has a clear voice that tends towards the higher range of most guys. What he is typically most known for is his renditions of pop songs – he takes a pop song and re-imagines it in an acoustic-y pop way. For this song, it seems like he went quite bare with the song and went with only his acoustic guitar and an electric guitar in the background.

While less is often more, in this case, however, it seems that Tyler Ward went a little too bare on the instrumental. While it is beautiful in its own way, the same gravity (pun intended) that the lyrics hold don’t match the sound.

Ward’s vocal timbre unfortunately doesn’t have the same reverb that Mayer’s voice does, which makes the song even more bare without the continuous drum set in the background.

I would give this cover about a 6/10. The vision that Ward had for this song was a good one, but the execution of it was a bit messy in its product.

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