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Continuum

John MayerAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (585 customer reviews)


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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 (September 12, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B000H0MKGK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (585 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,253 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

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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.

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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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189 of 200 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
How many musicians have you ever heard coming out of the suburbs of Fairfield, Connecticut? If you are a John Mayer fan, you know at least one. Pigeonholed as a sensitive pop artist with the debut album, Room For Squares, Mayer shifted tack to a bluesier sound with his second studio release Heavier Things. Joining up with impresarios Steve Jordan and Pino Pallidino, Mayer broke out in full on blues mode with the live album Try! Though some dismissed him, Pallidino and Jordan don't play music with hacks, and anyone who heard the track "Good Love is on the Way" knows the boy can play. With his new studio album, the excellent Continuum, Mayer continues to demonstrate his impressive guitar chops, a more mature songwriting style, and a richer, deeper sound.

The socially conscious first single "Waiting for the World to Change" reminds that "it's hard to beat the system when you're standing at a distance." "I Don't Trust Myself" features a gorgeous guitar sound and some nice fretboard work while the outstanding track "Belief" showcases some strongly emotional lyrics: "we're never going to win the world..we're never gonna stop the war...Belief is what we are fighting for." The likely second single "Gravity" is a soft, slow blues jam on which Mayer plays some fantastic lead guitar. At his recent St Louis concert, all four of these songs blew the crowd away, generating more applause than "Daughters" or "No Such Thing." "The Heart of Life" has a clean, crisp, and spare production with layered harmonies and a subdued guitar making for an elegant track.

The solid track "Vultures" is slinky and moves to a smooth beat with its falsetto harmonies sounding surprisingly good. "Stop this Train" sounds like it came directly off Heavier Things.
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110 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Album That I've Been Waiting for Mayer To Make 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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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He Keeps Getting Better... September 13, 2006
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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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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
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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
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That is the UK version...you would have to import.
Dec 23, 2006 by JM |  See all 3 posts
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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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