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Battle Studies

November 17, 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 13, 2009
  • Release Date: November 13, 2009
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 46:36
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  • ASIN: B002VLNB1Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (259 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,726 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

The musical arrangements on this song are very good.
Robert G Yokoyama
If you can get past the Who Says song, if you have any bias about getting stoned, then I think you'll enjoy this album for its authentic expression.
Amazon Customer
Not that it's bad, I just wouldn't want it representing the entire album since none of the other tracks sound remotely like it.
josh

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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.
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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.
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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
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Blackout on December 5, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Let me start by saying I never liked John Mayer and most of the singles he put out were always extremely boring to me. Never took the time to dig deeper. Also his ego really put me off as well. However, i was in the store the week of this albums release and i'm embarrassed to say that it may have been the album cover that drew me in. I had heard "Who Says" somewhere before hearing the albums release and i wasnt even impressed by that. However, I've grown tired of the same type of music over and over that I'm listening to currently.
Mayer is not my kind of music i will say that. I am a full on rock music lover, not indie rock, not brit rock, not metal, just Rock (favorite bands include Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Trapt, Linkin Park). I do dabble from time into pop and the occasional country(tim mcgraw, carrie underwood, miranda lambert, keith urban).
Anyway, i purchased Battle studies at best buy a couple days after its release. I fell in love with it after a minute into heartbreak warfare. I hadnt gotten aroudn to listening to the rest of the album until the past few days, but its been in heavy rotation on my ipod since.
I have read some review stating that his prev two albums are much better than this, so I am intrigued and have all 3 of his albums on order. should be arriving soon. I look forward to hearing them. I was not impressed with his singles except for "waiting on the the world to change" so i'm hoping that albums have alot to offer.
Not sure what else to say about the album as It may be one of my favorite releases this year. I suggest anyone who is not a Mayer fan, pick up this album and you will change your mind.
Favorites include:
Heartbreak Warfare
Half of My Heart(although i dont why taylor swift is featured, she only does backup vocals and they could've pulled anyone to do that)
Perfectly Lonely
Assassin
Edge of Desire
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