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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.

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  • Audio CD (April 8, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0014VPFTA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (604 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,101 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
13. Say

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The lyrics are great, the music is great.
C. Collins
I would say this is one of his best albums but I would be saying that about all of his albums.
S. Majocha
After listening to it for a few days, I fell in love with the CD.
Maja

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110 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr. VINE VOICE on September 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Finally, John Mayer has realized that he has the potential to utilize his great talents even moreso than he has been. Sure, such a potent Grammy winning number as "Daughters" is a song that might never be forgotten in music history, but CONTINUUM I believe maybe the truest and quite possible the first TRUE John Mayer album that we've heard. The material here as well as the overall sound and timbre easily trumps a majority of Mayer's earlier and previously best material. I am glad to see the virtuostic Mayer (where his guitar chops are concerned) actually embrace the blues-side of rock and venture out in a direction that showcases that bluesy-soulful influence. If nothing else, Mayer's CONTINUUM is easily Mayer's most soulful LP.

The album opens up with the simple enough, but brilliantly simple "Waiting For The World To Change". Unfortunate for the PROMO single is that radio didn't give it the respect that it should've. It is a very nice track and it is one that is tuneful enough that it sticks when you listen to it. What is most admirable and loveable is the soulfulness that pours from this track, almost a newfound soulfulness or a complete rejuvenation of Mayer that ditches "Clarity" or "Bigger Than My Body" for Hendrix, Buddy Guy, B.B. King influenced blues rock.

"I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)" is a second consistent number, keeping up the idea of minimalist soulful arrangements coupled with Mayer's awesome, virtuostic guitar playing. Something else key here is that Mayer's vocals sound as mature as ever, not to say that he didn't on HEAVIER THINGS (a very good album, not knocking it), but it is a new found maturity, which was foreshadowed by the TRY! which was a project featuring Mayer's newly formed trio, who are featured on CONTINUUM as well.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By J. Greeno on September 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'm a Blues-first music fan, so John Mayer flew under my radar for a long while. I have a profound respect for guitarists, however, so when I saw Mayer play at the Crossroads Guitar Festival a couple years back, I had to see what he was all about. Didn't know what I'd find, but what I saw that day was a guy that was clearly among the best guitarists of his generation.

His first two albums showed me a young artist allowing his music to evolve organically. By no means perfect, but definitely worth the price of admission, and each effort is better than the last.

Recent collaborations with legends such as Herbie Hancock, B.B. King, Sly & The Family Stone, Eric Clapton, and Aaron Neville clearly demonstrate his respected acceptance by the heaviest hitters in the industry, inspiring him to shake off his pop-centric roots and release the blues/rock album Try! with Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino.

And now it's Continuum, released Tuesday as his third solo studio effort. I'm still getting a feel for it, but it's absolutely a big step forward from Heavier Things. This one is best described as a blues/soul album, and each track is a worthwhile effort. John Mayer has carved out a pretty unique sound for himself. While you'll hear lyrical a melodical nods to obvious influences from Marvin Gaye to Curtis Mayfield, the lyric/music combo solidifies Mayer as an artist that has finally found his identity and sound.

In the past, I've seen many references to John Mayer being a "Dave Matthews ripoff" and I can't express just how musically uneducated that opinion is. Aside from being pop singers with guitars in their hands, there's really no obvious connection between the two.

If I had to make an honest comparison, Sting is the first guy that comes to mind.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James Chappell on September 14, 2006
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What can I say that hasn't already been said? John Mayer has found his grove.

I love music, all kinds of music. From Jazz to rock, country to blues, there are players and writers that find the zone, their zone and you can tell. If you listen to Mayer's Heavier Things he was close, real close, but not until Continuum did he lock it in.

I started playing music in the early 60's, mostly rock and blues. I recorded a couple of albums and had the privilege of playing with some of the best musicians at the time; The Doors, Yard Birds, Hendrix, Airplane, Steve Miller, all players that found their style, their zone. John Mayer is there, I know, I've been there. With seasoning, he will simply further refine his talent into one of the best-of-the-best singers, song writers and guitar players to come along.

Check out the Vulture cut. When you feel everything is closing in, you feel the world is testing you, testing you, this song helps you to never give up hope. Listen to the words, feel his guitar and let his voice pierce your heart and soul. Damn he's good............
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jacob R on September 14, 2006
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During a time when NEW great music is few and far between and only a handful of bands are writing anything groundbreaking there in still John Mayer. I haven't heard a better album from start to finish in years. This album is his third and by far his best. You always hope the next album is as good as the last without being a copy of the last one. This is Continuum. Mayer is maturing in his music and Continuum could not be a better example of an artist pushing the envelope and setting the tone for NEW great music.

It's tough to find a bad song on here. "Stop this train" is fantastic and could be the next "Daughters". Continuum has Grammy writtin all over it. Do youself a favor and buy this album. If you are even a minor Mayer fan you will not be disappointed.
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HEAR THE NEW ALBUM
That's only one song, not the entire album. Correct me if I'm missing something.
Sep 5, 2006 by Greg in Nashville |  See all 4 posts
Say
I got a CD that doesn't contain the song say? And the MP3 download doesn't contain the song say either ? Why?
Jan 28, 2010 by C. Flatley |  See all 3 posts
Most relevant singer/songwriter... (battle of the "J"s)
Are you serious? Is there even a slightest comparison between the 8? The only one that could slightly overshadow John Mayer is Britain's Jamie Collum, and he's on the Jazzy side of music. John Mayer buries the competition!
Nov 10, 2009 by Bitola |  See all 3 posts
Custom CD Cover
That is the UK version...you would have to import.
Dec 23, 2006 by JM |  See all 3 posts
Album Sleeve
I don't know if i want to buy this album or not. I was disappointed with last years "Try", and from the looks of the tracklisting, this will be very similar. Half of me is happy that he stopped writing crappy bubblegum pop songs like "Your Body Is A Wonderland", but the other... Read More
Aug 9, 2006 by elvishmonkey |  See all 6 posts
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