I got the CD early in presales so I have been listening to it before much has been played on air. I have to say that I was very impressed by the tones and continual mood of the CD. It felt like a collection, well-thought out and planned. There is a bit of different tones that have been Mayer themes (love, sex, heart-break, redemption) which makes most women to wonder if Mayer will ever find that perfect someone other than himself someday. Musically it continues the legacy of his previous releases, a bit slick and poppy at times but some soul/blues/funk that remind you he never truly takes himself too seriously. The songs do grow on you as he still has that gift for memorable hooks and rhymes that keep you humming until you have to put the song on to get the groove on again. I loved it as a whole. The duet with Taylor Swift could have been a lot more developed for my taste (Mayer just has trouble adding in the female vibe all the way just like in real life). I say triumph.
I must admit, I'm not really a fan of John Mayer's music. My tastes pretty much run in pop and dance music. I do appreciate that he has a very good voice but I just never gravitated to his music. That being said, I've followed John in the tabloids and have always been grateful that he's been quite friendly with the gay community and his gay fans. Last night, while driving in my car I heard this song that I LOVED instantly. It sounded like John Mayer and I knew he was coming out with a new CD. The song was faster paced than most of his other material. Add to the faster pace was the way John was singing the song and it all just said....number #1 single to me. That song is HEARTBREAK WARFARE. I would buy this CD just for that one song...I've listened to the snippets and some are good, others I'm sure I will warm to. I just wanted to congratulate John on going outside the box and making one of the best singles of 2009. Definitely a triumph to me!
Triumph! I listened to it all the way through and enjoyed every song but maybe one. Of course I did listen to Kris Allen's first and this blows that out of the water!! You can't go wrong with John Mayer!
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 find that I am fond of only two cuts from that CD: "Clarity" (one of my favorites) and "Only Heart".
He's one of this generation's greatest talents so I know he'll continue to evolve, and I'll always look forward to his work. But for the time being, I'll enjoy his other work (Continuum, Room for Squares, etc.)
I totally agree, I think my expectations were maybe too high (its kinda hard to top continum & where the light is). I still like it though. "Assassins" is absolutely favorite song, I can't stop listening to it lol
There is no denying the great flow these songs have. This is a DIFFERENT album than Continuum, so I suggest the two not to be compared at all. I absolutely loved Continuum, but I think his new album is just as good in its own genre, which is a departure from his previous work. The test for me is that the songs flow beautifully together and I find myself swinging with the tune no matter what I am doing, so thet definitely get under your skin. Play it a few times before making up your mind.
I am relatively new to John Mayer's work. I appreciate his great vocal talents; he's a very expressive, soulful singer. When I first popped in this CD, I was immediately hooked by track 1 "Heartbreak Warfare." What a beautiful, melodic tune...pure magic! Great background instruments and subdued cymbal "crashes." His vocal overdubs work well here. At 2:26 into the cut, the song breaks off into a slightly "off key" section which doesn't perfectly fit, but quickly recovers at 2:46 with Mayer's vocals picking up the slack. Listening to the rest of the album, many of the tracks seem to rapidly grow on you with each listen. Track 5, "Perfectly Lonely" is poppy but very catchy, one of my favorites on the album. Some of comments here regarding Taylor Swift are understandable. Yes, Mayer seems to be reaching for some trendy bubblegum here but let's be honest; she does add a nice feminine touch to "Half of My Heart." Other artists have made similar moves such as Robert Plant going with Alison Kraus. Trendy, yes.
I'm still digesting this newest Mayer release, and so far, I'm loving it.
For someone who didn't like "Your body's a wonderland" when I first heard it, I was eventually a huge fan of ALL his music. From the first album to his interludes with the John Mayer Trio, the music is always first rate and this new album is no exception. Clever in some parts, playful in others, it's John Mayer doing whatever the hell he wants and doing it well and I say "Bravo"! Ok, so he has Taylor Swift on here. BFD! Let the man invite whomever he wants to have on his album. We should all be so lucky. Triumph? That just seems so final and finite. It's a progression and he's at the bottom of the iceberg. I believe we can only expect even better music in the years to come as he grows older and more retrospective.
I've listened to it and it just plain bores me. Which is a shame since I LOVE Continuum.
Problem is, Continuum was such an amazing CD. Too amazing, in fact- he set the bar too high with it. Now we're left with boring drones. Really below average for Mayer. It took him 3 YEARS to come up with THIS?!?!?! I don't want every CD to be Continuum Part _ (everybody has to grow artistically) but this album is so boring, it just makes me angry thinking about it. Most of the songs are boring and depressing. And Taylor Swift cameo on a Mayer song? Makes as much sense as Iron Maiden doing a duet with Alicia Keys, or U2 doing a duet with Celine Dion. SHE'S NOT EVEN IN THE SONG UNTIL THE LAST 30 SECONDS, other than some oooohs and aaaaahs, and sings like maybe 2 lines.
Absolute THRIUMPH! I LOVED Continuum and was ready to feel disappointed with this CD especially after reading the mediocre reviews. After listening a few times though, I just can't stop listening to it again and again. One time I listened to this CD only while driving for 5 hours for an out-of-town trip. Can't get enough of it!
Mayer may have studied battles when creating this album, but I wonder if he knew fans would take such a strong stand in forming sides. It's obvious that some love it, while others rather not spin the record at all. Sure, there are those who straddle the line, and they have every right to do so. "Battle Studies" is a different record than "Continuum." I appreciate them both for what they are. I love "Continuum" just as much as I love "Battle Studies." It's like having two kids who are totally different - one is into video games, and the other enjoys sports. As a parent, you should love them both for who they are. Well, that's how I feel with "Battle Studies." It's a return to the pop sound for Mayer, away from the bluesy tones of "Continuum," but it's an excellent pop record - way better than a lot of the stuff hitting mainstream radio these days. And that will keep me listening.