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As a much-respected young guitarist, John Mayer doesn’t rely on his guitar solos to get him through. To his credit, Mayer plays in service of the song. For his fourth studio album, 2009’s Battle Studies, Mayer settles into an adult-contemporary atmosphere where his youth is given a serious growing up. His sense of humor can he hunted down on the acoustic stoner shuffle “Who Says,” where he slyly jokes, “I don’t remember you looking any better / But then again, I don’t remember you”. But mostly, Mayer prefers the solemn tones of the U2 chime of “Heartbreak Warfare”, the Peter Gabriel ethereal moan of “All We Ever Do Is Say Goodbye”, the Don Henley pop of “Perfectly Lonely” and the Elton John melody of “Assassin”.  His duet with country sweetheart Taylor Swift on “Half of My Heart” portrays him as a guy keeping an eye on his next stepping stone. “Crossroads” brings him back to the blues in time to turn it into near techno. “Edge of Desire”, “Do You Know Me” and “Friends, Lovers or Nothing” end things with a tender soft rock touch.

Customer Reviews

Great, great album.

I love John Mayer's stuff. I have every single track out there, b sides and live tracks included. After Continuum, this album was always going to have a tough time standing out. But he's done it again. It's completely my style and it keeps getting getting better and giving more with each listen. It's hard to compare this to Continuum directly as Battle Studies wasn't meant to be built upon it, rather it was meant to be a different style altogether. It's chilled, musically perfect, with great lyrics and vocals throughout. He said he wanted to make the whole album more raw and a smaller scale, and this really works well. My favourite tracks are the upbeat 12-bar-blues style 'Crossroads', and the laid-back but sad 'All We Ever Do Is Say Goodbye'. Really though, each track is different and great in it's own way. If you haven't got into john mayer yet, it's never too late to start! You shouldn't regret it!

Very Poor Effort

This is Mr Mayer's worst offering to date, after the blistering Continium this is quite frankly a let down. I feel that Mayer has taken his foot off the gas and appears to be going through the motions. The album never really gets going and as one reviewer has already stated it's background music. From bland cliched vocal lines to boring arrangements the album meanders along. The outstanding track for me is Heartbreak Warfare however I feel that this wouldn't have been good enough to make it on the previous album. I feel Mayer has to many other distractions in his life such as obsession with celebrity that his music has taken a back seat. Is seems be can't be bothered any more and quite frankly with this drivel neither can I.

The best John Mayer album so far

In my personal opinion this is the best album John Mayer has produced. Each track seems to tell it's own story, but i have to say that "Assassin" is on another level for me, with "Do you know me" a close second. Battle Studies will be my most played album this year with out a doubt. All i can say is that if John Mayer keeps producing songs like the one's featured on Battle Studies, and growing as an artists, then he will be around for many many years to come.

Keep up the great work.


Born: 16 October 1977 in Bridgeport, CT

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

After making his introduction as a sensitive, acoustic-styled songwriter on 2001's Room for Squares, John Mayer steadily widened his approach over the subsequent years, encompassing everything from blues-rock to adult contemporary in the process. Arriving during the tail end of teen pop's heyday, he crafted pop music for a more discerning audience, spiking his songcraft with jazz chords and literate turns of phrase. The combination proved to be quite popular, as Room for Squares went triple platinum...
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