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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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............
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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John Mayer has been a huge influence on me as a musician, he was the one who inspired me to learn the guitar and start writing songs. Read morePublished 1 day ago by anonymous
Fantastic. For those who dislike buying new albums on vinyl, take a chance. This record was MADE for the needle.Published 3 days ago by brigadier_dj
Great product! Shipped quickly and arrived in perfect condition. Very happy I bought it!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
One of the best albums of the early 2000s. Highly recommended "coming-of-age" albums that transcends time.Published 1 month ago by rivzy