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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

BATTLE


As far as straight-up songwriting skill goes, who wins? Rob Thomas or John Mayer...be sure and give us a reason for your vote!

7 comments:

Jinx said...

Personally, I've just never liked Rob Thomas...Matchbox 20 or solo. Honestly don't know why though. Don't guess I really listened to them much though. Speaking of which, is Matchbox 20 now deceased?

John Mayer, I like his style. Laid back, groovin', etc. Plus he plays a mean guitar. I prefer a front man to play an instrument too...especially if he's really good at it. Guess that's something Rob didn't have for me.

Susie Moore said...

Rob Thomas. Not so much for his Matchbox 20 days but for his solo album. It is one of my favorite cds and I think easily better than any of Mayers stuff. Personally I think all of John Mayers sound the same where as Rob Thomas' stuff varies.

Chris said...

If you watch the "unplugged" thing Matchbox did on VH1 or whatever it was, Rob Thomas played piano and sang, so he can play. Also, I'm thinking that to write the cool stuff he does, he must play, too.

As for Mayer, my first impression of him was "Dave Matthews wannabe". Cool? Yes. Great guitarist? Check. I want to hear his new cd because I've heard it's different and more "him" and not like anybody else as his other stuff has been. I've heard/read 20th hand, though, that he's a butt. I don't know that for fact.

So, after all that, what's my vote? I don't really know for sure but I'm leaning toward Rob Thomas.

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Blake Stewart said...

Not even hard. Mayer. Rob Thomas sucks...

Seriously, how can you beat someone who can write good tunes, play a mean guitar, and write tunes with Kanye West?

Yes, he's a little cocky but you would be too if you were that freakin good. Question is, is there anyone alive right now that could outplay Mayer on the electric? Now I know you can argue that technically yes, but is their tone / groove as good? Probably not...

Jinx said...

And Mayer is very, very dissimilar to Dave Matthews...

Justin said...

Yeah, Rob does play piano...that I'm sure of. I have been trying to look around to see what else, I am sure there's more.

I'll start with Mayer - good tunes. I can really listen and jam to them...but, I just see the same ol' same ol' with him. This new record is different...but, still, it's still got his trademark sounds. Songwritting is good, but, I never can get into him lyrically.

Rob Thomas is a bit more rockin'. Now, I say that, but also have to keep his most recent release in mind. There was a good bit of variation in style. Some songs sound very hip-hop, but then you still get that rockin' sound that you are used to with him.

It's weird - I didn't like most of the newer stuff Matchbox put out, some of it was just too pop-"ish" (not that I don't like pop music, but, when you start out with a rock sound, don't sell out with a pop sound.)

That's all...

Paul James said...

I'll be the first to actually answer your question and say that based on *straight-up songwriting skills* John Mayer wins. Why? Because I don't listen to Rob Thomas and can't understand anything he writes (and really don't care about anything he has to say). I'm also only basing this on Mayer's newest CD - I've never been a Mayer fan before this CD. "Waiting on the World to Change" is hands down my new favorite song this week. When an artist has something meaningful to say I'm willing to listen.