Taylor Hicks fans usually are in agreement with the talent found in the artist, John Mayer. Mayer is one of the few young musicians I would attribute with the term 'genius'. He warrants that praise.
A Jazz man in a Pop Star body, he can play the guitar reminiscent of Jeff Beck, John McLaughlin, Paco de Lucia, including certain licks haunting Dickey Betts of The Allman Brothers. John Mayers does it all with the looks worthy of Teen magazine covers.
Since I've mentioned John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia, one of the best concerts I have ever attended had, performing together, Paco de Lucia, Chick Corea, Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin. It was an amazing time, an emotionally involving experience that left all of us in attendance slick with sweat and deliriously musically satiated. Chick demonstrated some new avant guarde methods of playing the piano, he did this climbing inside the instrument, strumming the piano strings like a guitar, part art - part just having a great time; John, Paco and Di Meola had a guitar segment that had all of us on our feet (and some of "us" on the tables) absolutely crazy. A few phenomenal Jazz guitar albums, Passion Grace and Fire , Friday Night in San Francisco, and the great, Return To Forever , are absolutely killer selections for your collection if you adore the art of jazz guitar.
In that, John Mayer emotes and reminds me of greats such as these, and like Chick Corea, he possesses an innate savvy to know what works. He has an amazing band, displaying with a real musician's knowledge, who and what works best to create the intended results. Top this with marketability intuition, he has been successful in the production of tunes Pop radio friendly. "The John Mayer Effect", I could dub it; in sublimnal form he sends and transcends, containing ability to send waves of joy and beauty through your mind by the use of his guitar chameleoned into art combined with the perfect melding of his vocals, melting with the guitar.
Musical genius in the making.