When Mayer was seventeen, he was stricken with cardiac dysrhythmia and was hospitalized for a weekend.
Reflecting on the incident, Mayer said, "That was the moment the songwriter in me was born", and he penned his first lyrics the night he left the hospital.
Commercially, the album peaked at number 17 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Erik Crawford of All Music asked, "Is [Mayer] the consummate guitar hero exemplified when he plays a cover of Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'Lenny', or is he the teen idol that the pubescent girls shriek for after he plays 'Your Body Is a Wonderland?
However, the discovery of a granuloma on his vocal cords delayed the release of the album until May 2012, and ultimately forced him to cancel the planned tour.
Even so, the album enjoyed a generally favorable reception, though was less commercially successful than his previous work.
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He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and raised in nearby Fairfield.
By the end of 2002, Room for Squares had spawned several radio hits, including "No Such Thing", "Your Body Is a Wonderland", and ultimately, "Why Georgia".
After their split, Mayer continued to play local clubs—refining his skills and gaining a following.