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John Mayer - Continuum

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John Mayer - Continuum
Release Date: September 12, 2006
Record Label: Aware/Columbia

“And if we had the power/to bring our neighbors home from war/they would have never missed a Christmas/no more ribbons on the door.” John Mayer aims straight for the heart with his poignant fourth studio album, Continuum. The anti-war anthem and lead single “Waiting On the World to Change” gives listeners, both old and new, an idea of how far Mayer has come. To be frank, this is no “Your Body Is A Wonderland.” With Continuum, Mayer broadens his fan base by infusing a very blues and R&B-influenced sound. On the next track, Mayer strips down the soft-pop sound and builds “I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You)” around an effervescently jazzy guitar piece. He has proven both his durability and versatility as a songwriter with Continuum. Mayer designs each melody delicately in order to best capture the listener’s heart; this stellar CD should attract an amalgam of old and new fans.

You may not find an artist so enigmatic, so appropriate to put out an album like Continuum for quite some time, so enjoy it while it lasts. 2006 has been a year so far that has proved spotty for thoroughly constructed releases, with most albums lacking serious staying power. Songs like the acoustically focused “Stop This Train” will dance in your head for hours. Of note, this is possibly the song most reminiscent of Mayer’s previous work, with the guitar throughout and a loose piano melody in the background to provide some depth.

Whether it is the late-60’s Hendrix cover (“Bold as Love”) or the seductive “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room,” John Mayer has proven he is more than just the Top 40 juggernaut of years past. He highlights his musical diversity and talent with Continuum. This is one of the best albums to hit shelves in 2006, and even if you still don’t think Mayer is for you, give him a chance. What if you dislike it? Go cry about it, why don’t you?

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Track List01. Waiting on the World to Change
02. I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)
03. Belief
04. Gravity
05. The Heart of Life
06. Vultures
07. Stop This Train
08. Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
09. Bold As Love (Jimi Hendrix Cover)
10. Dreaming With a Broken Heart
11. In Repair
12. I'm Gonna Find Another You
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05:40 AM on 09/28/06
TJ Wells
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Great review. One of my top 5 albums of '06.
05:41 AM on 09/28/06
salt & light in a world of darkness
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Great review for a great album. John Mayer is showing that he will be able to stick around for many years and not just be another pop icon or passing musical fad.
05:42 AM on 09/28/06
I am all that is man
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Great review. One of my top 5 albums of '06.

05:43 AM on 09/28/06
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carramrod2005's Avatar
ace...right on with the review, not really my cup of tea, but i love this cd!
06:35 AM on 09/28/06
Shut the fuck up, Donny!
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xThursdayxPTWx's Avatar
This album sits atop my top releases and has yet to be dethroned. I'll have to see how the rest of the new Talib Kweli pans out and then we may have a contender.
06:39 AM on 09/28/06
making waves.
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Great CD.
06:42 AM on 09/28/06
Jared Kaufman
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i've never been a john mayer fan and i love this album.
06:44 AM on 09/28/06
Johnny Minardi
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I'm so glad people on this site appreciate this record. Easily one of the best records to come out this year (or a few years for that matter).
06:52 AM on 09/28/06
Shut the fuck up, Donny!
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i've never been a john mayer fan and i love this album.

I like all his stuff but this is easily his best record in every aspect.
07:23 AM on 09/28/06
.and the family telephone
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07:41 AM on 09/28/06
here i am
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my dear we're slow dancing in a burning room. this is probably the most universal cd of the year. i could see my 65 year old grandpa loving this cd. its amazing.
08:03 AM on 09/28/06
Tristan Needler
This is forever.
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this is such a great cd. definitely one of the best of the year, as far as mainstream artists go.
08:14 AM on 09/28/06
Super Hero In My World
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This easily blows everything else John Mayer has done out of the water. I also saw him live recently and it was amazing.
08:20 AM on 09/28/06
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slow dancing in a burning room is incredible. if you can listen to this whole cd and not smile once then more power to you. its a feel good record and is very easy to listen to over and over again.

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