John Mayer's career has hit some unfortunate speed bumps: debilitating throat granulomas and resulting vocal surgeries kept him off the touring circuit last year and steadied the public eye upon his tabloid-bait breakups. But on a musical level, the 35-year-old has never been stronger. "Paper Doll," his first single since 2012's folk-leaning "Born and Raised," is one of his finest achievements, a return to his ultra-smooth jazz-pop roots topped off with a sublime guitar solo.

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