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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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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
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.
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 songs...like he's having a conversation with someone he's in love with. It is a song of hope, love, pain, pleasure.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This is good music. To me, not his best, but good just the same.Published 23 days ago by Scubthegrub
The quality of this Vinyl is crazy good! I'm very happy with how it turned out. Amazon shipping, as per usual, was very fast!Published 20 months ago by Adrian Foy
This album sounds absolutely amazing!!! "Gravity" and "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room" are both soulful and full of varying frequencies that'll give your analog... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Eric
Had this classic on CD when it was released. Always wanted to hear it on vinyl and like with all new releases in this format you
pop it on and pretty much cross your fingers. Read more
I think I've bought the CD 5 times since it's release, so when I inherited an old stereo cabinet and started looking to start a collection, Continuum was the first to enter the... Read morePublished on March 5 2014 by Noel Kingwell
didn't know quite what to expect i.e. too pop oriented however, this is a nice mixture of contemporary with great blues riffs. He's one of the best guitarists out there.Published on Dec 3 2013 by caroline a osborne