Queen of California
Though Mayer relocated to Montana, Born and Raised finds him setting up camp in Laurel Canyon. This is obvious from the outset. With its winsome pedal steel and precious references to heading out west and Neil Young, "Queen of California" is pure 1970s folk-rock. It's a hip style these days: Dawes; Ray LaMontagne's work with The Pariah Dogs; Father John Misty. But the new (but really old) sound also feels like a role, as if Mayer believes playing the hippie troubadour affords him a certain kind of concealment while penning confessionals that deal with all the tabloid-worthy stuff he's done.