John Mayer made a promise at his last Boston-area concert. Back in 2010, around the time he had made disparaging comments about his racial tastes in women, Mayer told the crowd at the Comcast Center that he was going to stick to singing and playing his guitar instead of letting his loose lips mouth off.
Good call. We haven’t heard much from the singer-songwriter since then, but his new album makes it clear that the intervening years have been tough. “Born and Raised” finds Mayer in full-on soul-searching mode, and it’s an honest, and oftentimes compelling, statement on his road to redemption.