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  • Audio CD (Sept. 12 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000H0MKGK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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1. Waiting On The World To Change
2. I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)
3. Belief
4. Gravity
5. The Heart Of Life
6. Vultures
7. Stop This Train
8. Slow Dancing In A Burning Room
9. Bold As Love
10. Dreaming With A Broken Heart
11. In Repair
12. I'm Gonna Find Another You

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John Mayer's third studio album follows the multi-platinum "Room for Squares" (2001) and "Heavier Things" (2003), and marks his first turn as producer. It is his most soulful, cohesive collection yet and he says it's no accident that this project is where all of his efforts, his potential, and his disparate influences fully come together.

Continuum is about as apt a title as it gets for John Mayer's third studio disc. Every element, from the peerless guitar playing to the plainspoken poetry of the lyrics to the breathy-sincere singing, makes a return from previous efforts. But to weakly pronounce this another worthwhile effort from an artist the world has come to expect a whole lot from and then call it a day would be no minor misdeed, because it's also the best, boldest disc he's ever made. Taking maturity as a theme throughout, Mayer tackles a batch of adulthood's bogeymen: indifference on the uptempo chart-climber "Waiting for the World to Change," aging on the melancholy-sweet "Stop This Train," and emotional trainwreckage on the big-rocking "In Repair." That's not to suggest he's turned overly introspective--check the Jimi Hendrix cover "Bold As Love," where he hits one home for guitarists who've been living in the shadow of legend everywhere, and the hard-charging "Belief," which benefits from a mesmerizing, liquid groove. Continuum may be the third in a series, but a creative cop-out this is not; Mayer is his generation's musical superman--powerful, unassailable, and magnetic. Hand that man a cape. --Tammy La Gorce

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAME on Sept. 30 2006
Format: Audio CD
From the first bars of this CD, even an undiscerning ear can tell that this is no teeny-bopper pop music album. Having already taken home Grammy Awards for "Song of the Year" and "Best Male Pop Vocal Performance" (twice), Mayer sets his sights on new categories with this album, which is reminiscent of old-time soul and blues, with just a touch of his pop background for flavor.

The excellent guitar work makes this album even more remarkable, and Mayer proves that he has matured as an artist since his last solo studio album, "Heavier Things", in 2003. Even the mush-mouthed vocals of the past have cleared up, making the lyrics sound even more meaningful. Mayer puts a lot into this album, singing, playing the guitar, writing all but one of the songs, and even producing it, and it's obvious that he's proud of his efforts.

The first single is "Waiting for the World to Change" a soulful track where he finds his inner Curtis Mayfield, but the one that got repeat plays from me was "The Heart of Life", one of the best songs on the album. Listen also to "I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)" (reminds me of the Doobie Brothers); "Stop This Train"; "Bold As Love"; "I'm Gonna Find Another You"; and "In Repair" (my third favorite). Jimi Hendrix fans will also appreciate the cover of "Bold As Love".

Maturity sure sounds good on John Mayer

Amanda Richards
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By momo_adachi on March 7 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you bought this album expecting to hear another "No Such Thing" or "Bigger Than My Body", you might be disappointed. Now that Mayer's more grown up, his mature perspective on life and the world is definitely noteable on the singer-songwriter's third full-length record.

Mayer puts his bouncy, catchy guitar-pop in the backseat and plays almost straight-up blues. Many of the songs are more similar to the work he did with the John Mayer Trio than with his previous solo efforts. Although definitely different, this is probably one of his best releases to date, truly showcasing him as a MUSICIAN, not a teen idol. It turns out (in case you never noticed before), he is a REALLY talented guitarist, a very introspective and deep songwriter and also, whip-smart and witty. To see another side of the John Mayer you always loved, grown-up and 'waiting on the world to change', this album is a must-own as it is very enjoyable, romantic and complex.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Preston on June 9 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
John Mayer is such a gifted musician...and he doesn't disappoint us on this his 3rd CD. I think it's a more reflective CD from him given his array of relationships that have unfortunately played out via media. Having said that let's face it's given him alot of good lyrical writing material. The tracks that I like are:

1.I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You): So many components of this song are great from the musical arrangement to his delicate vocal performance. Then marry that with his slow bluesy style that just gives a song it's magic. He like Eric Clapton have a particular gift of being able to play whether it's on an electric guitar or acoustical guitar some of the best bluesy riffs. This song definetly conveys his feelings about loving someone & getting lost in that love.

2.Belief: I love the guitar work in this song so much. Another great vocal and song about relationships & how our own internal belief systems affect the outcomes of most situations we come up against in life. This song differed to me as it has a bit of funk added into the mix of this usual style and then he just kills the electric guitar strumming to let you know John is on board!

3.Gravity: Wow, wow, wow.....yes I could keep saying that. If you want to hear a guitar vertuoso who knows how to play that slowhand blues style so well..then rush to pop this CD in & play this song. This is one of those sexy, sexy love songs, even though it appears lyrically to be about him aging...but that guitar picking & his smooth delivery is just too much. I have to say this song is just simply THE BEST!

4.The Heart of Life: This is just one of those sweet he's having a conversation with someone he's in love with. It is a song of hope, love, pain, pleasure.
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By Deborah Kay S. on Sept. 30 2006
Format: Audio CD
This, by far - is John Mayer's best installment yet. But if you listen to John Mayer avidly, you'll also be somewhat disappointed to find that two tracks on Continuum are also established with a group known as John Mayer Trio.

Granted - the best of the best is on this album as Vultures continues to be one of my personal favorites, and I can still somewhat understand reasoning with that of a solo artist that has been in a band - put it on the album so you're not being a squatter even though it's a mere cover. Perhaps it's just a way of bring something back, that is well done and throwing your own style into it. After all - it's what retrograde (not the band) is all about.

Of the new tracks on this album, my personal favorites loom over Belief, Stop This Train, and Slow Dancing in a Burning Room. Funny how first impressions of songs always keep you either pressing the forward button, or pressing repeat.

In this case, some songs are a miss for me personally - but others I want to repeat. 4 stars for a well constructed album effort, and minus one star for throwing an avid listener back into the recycle bin.

John Mayer is nothing short of one of the long term musicians out there. He will continue to amaze and preface further as an artist. Slow Dancing in a Burning Room has, by far - the most elaborate stage of a relationship crisis and is perfectly sane.

But as for the rest of the album I'll leave that up to your own judgement to find what you are looking for.
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