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I have been a John Mayer fan from the beginning. His first two albums room for squares and heavier things were the sound track to my life for many years. But then... continuum came out.
I can honestly say I have never been so excited about an album as this. Whether you were a john mayer fan before this or not, after this you will never need any other record.
When I first started the album I was blown away by the super catchy, fun, incredible song which is waiting on the world to change. This very serious subject matter about everything that is wrong with the world, with an upbeat summery tune. To me that is pure genius. Even though I couldn't control my excitement for the rest of the album, I had to repeat this song. I couldn't get enough of it. I noticed from the opening lines how incredible johns voice was sounding. I never thought his incredible, soulful, one of a kind voice could ever get better. I have never been so wrong.
After the first track I was over the moon I knew that it would only get better and better. I was right. The thing I love most about this album is that it is very chilled in some songs like "stop this train" or "the heart of life", but then you've got other songs like "vultures" and "belief", which are driven by a solid drum beat, soulful guitar licks and pumping bass.
My favourite song of the album has to be gravity. Its a completely chilled out mellow song driven by subtle, elegant guitar lead, along with beautiful lyrics and incredibly emotion. You feel like your a part of the song. I love this song because it proves that less is more. This song doesn't need any more or any less its pure perfection. This is the same with many songs on the album.
Its almost painful to say but, this is John Mayer's best album to date. Trust me, you know it must be incredible if it is greater than his first two beautiful albums.
I 150% recommend this album, without a shadow of a doubt. Hope you get the same incredible experience out of it that I have.
Continuum, or more specifically 'Gravity', was my introduction to John Mayer's music (I had avoided him because of the tabloid tornado documenting his relationship with Jennifer Aniston - It seemed to me that if an artist was more famous than his music, his music couldn't be that good) and since listening to this album I have now downloaded his entire back catalogue. When I heard Mayer's silky smooth, blues-inspired guitar and soft, gravelly voice providing the background music for a youtube 'Grey's Anatomy' fanvid, it became instantly apparent that this was no background music. This was a song created by a musical craftsman.
Much of the album creates a down-tempo feel: music to chill out and contemplate to. 'Slow Dancing in a Broken Room' portrays the heartbreaking moment where a couple teeter on the edge of splitting up while 'Stop This Train' reflects a moment of Mayer's awareness of aging. On the other hand, songs such as 'Waiting on the world to change' and the Hendrix cover 'Bold As Love' help to perk up the album, with brighter shades of mood.
Many of the song's lyrics prove infinitely personal, documenting fear of mortality, disillusionment with global politics and religion and regaining confidence after a break-up, and it is these emotions that are so obviously poured in to Mayer's expert guitar playing.
Whatever you may have read about Mayer in the tabloids and despite his occaisional social faux-pas, this album makes it clear that he certainly knows how to sculpt a magnificent album.
Arguably, this is the greatest album the brilliant John Mayer has released so far. This is the first album where Mayer seems to truly have developed his music style of pop rock music blues whilst still maintaining a fantastic level of guitar playing which is shown in his cover version of jimi hendrix - bold as love. There is hardly a dull song on the album which you would want to flick past. However, if i have to choose one it would probably be vultures which isn't as catchy as some of his other tracks. Top song of the album? Would be difficult to choose one as they are all truly brilliant and each follow on from the other is a synchronised fashion. However, i would say that i'm gonna find another you has a fantastic melody which will keep you playing the song over and over continuously till you know it by heart.
I have been a massive fan of John Mayer ever since i can remember, and this album certainly hasnt ruined my image of him as one of the most talented singer/songwriters of our time. This album is alot more blues based than previous titles with songs like the hendrix cover of bold as love containing some awesome guitar solos.
My favourite track on the CD has got to be Gravity purely because its such a simple song but has so much meaning behind it. It focuses on telling listeners to stay 'where the light is' i.e in happines. Its got an amazing beat to it as well courtesy of Steve Jordan who's an amazing drummer. This CD is incredible and takes pride of place on my ipod playlist. Acoustics like stop this train and just as incredibly played with heart and soul as popular hits like waiting on the world to change. Although the CD bears no comparison to seeing John Mayer live, I strongly recommend you buy this cd along with the village sessions cd, which contains acoustic versions of many of the songs featured here because his music really is amazing.
What John Mayer is doing musically may not necessarily be original, but despite this nearly all the songs on Continuum are lyrically interesting and melodically intricate. He's undeniably a skilled guitarist, and capable of reflective songs that either lift your spirits or embody a mood or emotion that is difficult to express through words alone.
There is a decent mixture of slower numbers and more up tempo tracks such as the song which has received the majority of air play, 'Waiting on the World to Change'. While it is arguable that anti-war songs have been done repeatedly, this does not necessarily mean that due to the presence of other songs, no other artist is allowed to approach the subject. While other artists may take a more direct method of attacking the current political system and wars overseas, Mayer focuses more abstractly on the underlying motivations for these decisions, as in 'Belief'. It refrains from making sweeping statements towards those in power, and instead reflects upon aspects of conflict and war that are present on all sides.
This album simply confirms that John Mayer's skill as a guitarist and lyricist is on the rise; this album is good, but he has the potential to become even better.
With the release of Continuum, John Mayer has been hailed as something of a new-age, jazz player/songster. He may look the part, but, on the basis of the music he provides, I'm just not convinced. The truth is that, without the expert work of John Alagia who produced Mayer's hit "Room For Squares," this guy is exposed for exactly what he is: a self-absorbed, mediocre fraud.
Whatever else may be said about it, the main problem with this CD is that it isn't nearly authentic. Its selections are intended to be bluesy and R & B-ish. Unfortunately, if you're a fan of that music at all, you won't put up with this insincere flailing for more than a few minutes. With the production in his own hands, Mayer has not crafted a new variation of the genre, but has instead resorted to aping the sound of other artists who have, in fact, truly done it well. On "Waiting For the World," for instance, the performance is nothing more than neo-Marvin Gaye, likewise on "I Don't Trust Myself"- (the production here, incidentally, is a shameless heist of what can be heard on Boz Scagg's album "Dig.") Then there's the Percy Sledge-like "Gravity" or the Otis Redding copy on "I'm Gonna Find Another You." Soulful? Not really. Without any evidence of genuine passion, these are, at best , merely examples of inept imitation. Mayer's not playing the blues; he's "playing at it."
To make matters worse, as pretenders like this are often wont to do, Mayer also tries to impress the listener by attempting a cover of Hendrix material- but he's simply out of his league. Not only does he stumble with his vocal interpretation, his very ordinary, cliché-ridden playing renders "Bold As Love" an embarrassment.
To be honest, the only time John Mayer is actually palatable is when he is doing mainstream pop. On that note, Continuum is not a total waste. There is something to be said for "Belief," with its haunting guitar riff, "Vultures," that features a steady driving rhythm, and "Stop this Train" which, while simple in structure, is still an enjoyable ballad. But sadly, those numbers as well lack the infectious hooks that have distinguished Mayer from the average MOR performer in the past- occasions when a capable producer has taken his otherwise rudimentary efforts and shaped them into something distinct by employing festive and clever nuance. Without those bits of spice, though, even Mayer doing Mayer isn't quite enough. Sum it up and Continuum isn't anything special at all.
John Mayer has carved out a critically acclaimed career for himself with his Claptonesque guitar genius and his soulful and very emotive voice. I first came across the music of John Mayer about four years ago when I saw him on some award show I forget which but he seemed very down to earth despite winning most of the awards he was up for that night.
Mayer's music is an eclectic mix of blues, rock and pop with a bit of jazz thrown in too. He is a very versatile singer and musician and blends his music with his voice very well. One thing is clear with Mayers music and that is just what a talented Guitarist he is. His style is very much that of one of his Idol's Eric Clapton who he is set to perform with at Hard Rock Calling in London's Famous Hyde Park in June.
Continuum is John Mayer's sixth album and in my opinion is his best and most focused release. So here is my review of the album.
1 Waiting on the world to change
This is a wonderful opening song about Mayer's feelings on the things that need to change in this world. A very catchy musical backing and some fine guitar playing compliment the message of the song. This track shows the growth from his previous album.
2. I Don't trust myself with loving you
A great track with soft vocals and a mellow feel to the music, the song has a great subject and shows that everyone has their share of loving the wrong person and ending up regretting it. There's a fine solo towards the end that has hints of Clapton but also a little Chris Rea in my opinion.
Now this is a really good track which is one of the best musically, it starts with a flicking drum beat and then a bass guitar comes in with soft guitar and Mayer's voice comes in. This is a brilliant song about having the belief in yourself. There's some outstanding guitar work here when Mayer erupts like Clapton.
One of his more mellow moments, A wonderful ballad which tells the story of feeling under it all when everything gets on top of you. But coming out the other end. Some wonderful guitar work again from Mayer. Some of his most emotive playing on the album.
5. The heart of life
This starts gently with some guitars and then Mayer starts singing softly. This is another track where he plays some superb guitar parts. sit back, relax and this track will delight with it's overall beauty.
This is another wonderful track but this one is a liitle different to the other slower tracks on the album as it is about the jealous nature of people wanting to knock people down, A wonderful track with some great guitar work yet again. Brilliant
7. Stop this train
A soft ballad with a drum beat, this song is about when things get you down. It's about getting off the metaphoric train and wanting to get back to normality. Mayer's voice sounds wonderful in the songs more tender moments.
8. Slow dancing in a burning room
This is yet another track which features amazing guitar work and the song is one of his best. Mayer's voice flows through the lyrics with great expression. An awesome guitar solo caps off the track as one of the best on Continuum.
9. Bold as Love
This is one of my favourite songs from this decade so far. I wasnt aware that it was a cover of Jimi Hendrix but it is a wonderful song and is a truly wonderful recording. Awesome guitar work is featured on this track from John Mayer. Breathtaking.
10. Dreaming with a broken heart
Another slow song and this really is a wonderful song. A gorgeous piano intro is followed by Mayer's gorgeous gentle voice and this song develops into a wonderful tale of lost love, a touching heart wrenching ballad.
11. In Repair
This is yet another wonderful track, This is a catchy song about getting over a past relationship and repairing your damaged heart. The thing I love about this track is that each verse flows so well. Some great guitar in this track too.
12. I'm gonna find another you
This is a great end to what is a great great album, A message to an ex partner that you will get over here and move on and find somebody else to love. This is yet another example of his versatilty, it has the feel of a soul ballad from the 70's. A great subject that is done superbly well on this track. Great guitar work again.
This is without a doubt John Mayer;s best album of his career to date and it's a shame there arent more solo singers instead of so many indie bands who all sound the same. Continuum is without a doubt great stuff which has both great singing and guitar playing but also great musical crafting of songs.
I cannot wait to see John Mayer perform in Hyde Park with Eric Clapton. It should be something special and tickets are still available for Hard Rock Calling.
John Mayer's back for his third studio album. Continuum is a logical step up from Heavier Things, the mainstream sound of that album evolving here into a settled, bluesy tone. John has found the sound he is most comfortable with, I think, and it shows on this relaxed record. Standout tracks for me are the bittersweet 'Slow Dancing In A Burning Room', the simple and powerful message of 'Belief' and the honest yet strangely moving 'I Don't Trust Myself With Loving You'. But my ultimate favourite on this album is 'Vultures' - a self assured song with excellent guitar work and the confidence of a seasoned pro. Mayer appears more comfortable in his shoes ('Gravity' in particular, is a great vocal performance) and this is demonstrated in his decision to include 'Bold as Love', a Hendrix cover. Out of his three albums so far Continuum offers Mayer his first opportunity for airplay on British radio - which to date has been limited to say the least
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