Qty:1
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Battle Studies has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Item in very good condition ready to ship!! Guaranteed to play!! All Day Low Prices!
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$6.96
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35.00. Details
Sold by: All-Booked-Up
Add to Cart
$7.00
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35.00. Details
Sold by: Boricua Books and Things
Add to Cart
$9.00
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35.00. Details
Sold by: RetroResale
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Battle Studies
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Battle Studies


See all 10 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Listen Instantly with Amazon Music Prime Members Album
Other Formats & Versions Amazon Price New from Used from
Audio CD, November 17, 2009
"Please retry"
$6.99
$2.84 $0.21
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
Provided by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Terms and Conditions. Does not apply to gift orders.
Complete your purchase to save the MP3 version to your music library.
$6.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Listen to Samples and Buy MP3s

Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Samples
Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Heartbreak Warfare 4:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. All We Ever Do Is Say Goodbye 4:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Half Of My Heart 4:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Who Says 2:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Perfectly Lonely 4:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Assassin 5:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Crossroads 2:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. War Of My Life 4:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Edge of Desire 5:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Do You Know Me 2:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Friends, Lovers Or Nothing 5:59$1.29  Buy MP3 

Amazon's John Mayer Store

Music

Image of album by John Mayer

Photos

Image of John Mayer

Biography

The consistency with which John Mayer combines word craft and melody has earned him rarefied status as a respected songwriter and musician. As one of few musicians to achieve both critical acclaim and popular appeal, the seven-time Grammy Award winner has earned accolades for each album release while selling in excess of 17 million albums worldwide.

Known as a musician who defies genre ... Read more in Amazon's John Mayer Store

Visit Amazon's John Mayer Store
for 37 albums, 12 photos, videos, discussions, and more.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Includes FREE MP3 version of this album Here's how (restrictions apply)

Frequently Bought Together

Battle Studies + Continuum + Born and Raised
Price for all three: $20.70

Buy the selected items together

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 17, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B002QEXN2K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (276 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

2009 studio album from the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter. Since the release of his hit album, Room For Squares, in 2001, Mayer has progressed from a sensitive acoustic-based performer into a full-fledged paparazzi-baiting superstar with acclaimed musical detours into Jazz, Blues and Folk. Battle Studies is yet another milestone for Mayer, containing some of his best work to date. Features the single 'Who Says'.

Customer Reviews

Too bad, I used to really like JM.
Violeta
If you appreciate Mayer's melodic approach to music, you will greatly appreciate this album.
JH
I think it is one of the best tracks on the album.
Matthew Buckley-Golder

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

105 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Wright on November 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
John Mayer set the bar too high on the last album and falls short of his high standard on this one. A lot of his songs are good, but there's nothing here that has the punch of Continuum, which I believe is his finest work and an absolute masterpiece. On Continuum, he shows how fantastic his guitar skills are and brings his blues influence out in full force. On Battle Studies, he sinks backwards towards some of his older, less sophisticated works. After several listens, this album has grown on me, but it's only enjoyable, not fantastic.
10 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
52 of 62 people found the following review helpful By J. Loudon on November 22, 2009
Format: Audio CD
For anyone who happens to be on Twitter, John Mayer is a must follow (along with @MyLathamLife and @NewCDReviews). His incredible sense of humor and lack of inhibition is good for an almost guaranteed daily laugh. What's interesting is that his humor rarely carries over to his music and when it does, it's subtle. Perhaps it's the "Adult Contemporary" label he's given, or perhaps it's his desire to musically follow in the footsteps of his influences; Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, and Robert Johnson to name a few. Whatever it may be, John Mayer has been releasing mature, blues-based, increasingly guitar featured music since 1999 with almost always fantastic results.

For John Mayer fans, this album is a familiar continuation of the work he has released throughout the decade. Although different instruments are occasionally added to the mix and various styles and influences filter in throughout, the real feature remains his guitar. The first track, "Heartbreak Warfare" opens with strings fading in followed by delayed guitar reminiscent of U2's The Edge. While these sounds may be experimental for Mayer, they seem to set the mood for the remainder of the album. Following "Heartbreak Warfare" is "All We Ever Do Is Say Goodbye," which has one of the most beautiful choruses Mayer has produced. My guess is he was listening to a great deal of Chicago as he wrote it.

Although the romantic Adult Contemporary themes prevail on the majority of the record, Mayer's sense of humor does gently poke through on the tracks "Half of My Heart" and "Who Says." On "Half of My Heart," Mayer shares the track with Taylor Swift and sings about loving someone while always looking for someone else.
Read more ›
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Barton on December 10, 2009
Format: MP3 Music
After a couple weeks of listening to this, I'm ready to admit that I like the album. But I will stand by the argument that he is capable of much better songwriting than we hear on Battle Studies. The funny thing is, that seems to be the way it was intended. You get the idea Mayer got exactly what he was going for here: a straight forward, pleasant tribute to late 70's/80's pop music (You will hear the Fogelberg, Phil Collins, U2, James Taylor, etc). Lyrically it's honest and heartfelt, but not adventurous or particularly creative.

For the last several months, I've been following John on twitter, and it's impossible not to fall in love with him as a personality. This and the sheer brilliance of Continuum set up expectations that were hard to meet...and they haven't. Basically what I'd say is that it's a perfectly enjoyable album and by no means has he lost his edge, but hard to swallow when you know he's capable of magnificent. The cover on the CD, obviously in place to appease his fans on the blues end of things, classic "Crossroads" is a blast, but entirely popped out and not with the kind of grit Stevie Ray would approve of.

Assassin is a brilliant, gutsy track. But it's no "Belief" or "Vultures". "Heartbreak Warfare" is a full, orchestrated pop song...but it's not "I Don't Trust Myself"...same with "All We Ever Do" vs. "Slow Dancing...", etc. It stands on its own, and comparing it to your other albums you'll realize he's great. But compare it with the standards he set himself, and I think we have better to look forward to.

Key Tracks: Heartbreak Warfare, Half of My Heart, Assassin, Do You Know Me
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
63 of 85 people found the following review helpful By The Headphone Transmissions on November 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
There is no doubt in my mind that pop veteran John Mayer can write pleasant pop music and accent it nicely with excellent guitar playing. Battle Studies tries to incorporate a small portion of each, assumedly, to keep his pop and his trio fans both satisfied.

Musically, Battle Studies is a small departure from past Mayer recordings. Of course, Mayer experiments with new guitar sounds ("Half of My Heart," "Crossroads," "Edge of Desire"), but the basic principle of his writing says the same; focus on simplicity.

While many of the tracks are initially acceptable, they are rarely truly completed in their arrangements. Potentially great tracks like "Edge of Desire," "Perfectly Lonely," and "Heartbreak Warfare" lack a simple variation at their middle or end points and, consequently, become substantially redundant before they reach their end points. "Perfectly Lonely" especially banks on repetition to fill out a wide open arrangement, but it isn't nearly effective enough to bring the tune home.

Mayer even attempts a Cream/Clapton classic, "Crossroads," midway through his newest product. He certainly manages to suck every bit of emotion and human characteristic out of the track. The MIDI-sounding guitar effect is a wreck, and the poppy format is nauseating.

And don't even get me started on lead single "Who Says." The guitar arrangement is the polar opposite of creative, the lyrics are lazy and meaningless, and the tune is instantly forgettable. It's just plain poor songwriting, and why he chose this specific track for inclusion on Battle Studies (or any album, for that matter) is so far beyond me that I cannot express it to you with actual words.
Read more ›
17 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Forums

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Topic From this Discussion
How would you rate John Mayer as a songwriter?
In my opinion, he is underrated. He takes a whole ton of flak for his music when it was more poppy and geared towards teens. But one thing I know is that I have seen MANY artists live, and John Mayer is by far one of my favorite. What those music elitists don't realize is that this guy will... Read More
Oct 31, 2009 by We miss Howard |  See all 14 posts
Do you like this new CD Battle Studies? Is this a Mayer triumph or bust?...
Neither triumph nor bust but somewhere in the middle. I love "Assassin" and "Do You Know Me?" and like "All We Ever Do...", "War Of My Life", and "Edge of Desire". The rest are forgettable. I felt lukewarm about Heavier Things also and years later... Read More
Nov 17, 2009 by LuKasAV6 |  See all 18 posts
CD price
I saw 9.99 for Battle Studies. Are you sure you looked @ it correctly?
Nov 11, 2009 by J. Williams |  See all 5 posts
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 



What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Battle Studies
This item: Battle Studies
Price: $11.98 $6.99
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

Look for Similar Items by Category