Looks like the King of California has stepped down. If you stop reading and listening to what he said, and start hearing what he plays, you may change your mind. My opinion of John Mayer, altogether, has definitely altered over the last few years. And, this album solidified that.
It seems he may have grasped the idea that his musicianship was losing to his celebrity, and has actually done something about it. He could also just be making better music as his career, mind, heart and abilities expand, and doesn’t give a fuck if anyone thinks he’s a smart-ass or not. Either way, he can play guitar like most women want their heartstrings played, and he can throw a melody together that hooks you like a fish.
All in all, I’d say John Mayer is no longer just the crooner I had a crush on at 21 because he sang about driving up the very interstate I live off and had pouty lips. He’s now the musician I have a crush on at 32 because he’s one of the most influential guitarist of my generation, and appears to be a big enough man to say, “Hey; I fucked up.” He’s the guy that now wears a big hat like your dad, has a sleeve like that guy you wanted to sleep with once but were too scared you’d suck at it to do it, and is a really, really good musician who deserves a second chance. Or sixth; but, who’s counting?