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Record Review: John Mayer - Continuum

Here is what I originally wrote up on another review thread.. then I listened to it about 6 times.

The first Mayer record was pop gold! John Alagia is an excellent producer. I can't think of a better debut for the kid. I own it and I have probably listened to it 100 times.

The second CD had all the makings of a great but it was produced differently, while the songs flow in the same way Room for Squares did the CD is waaaaay overly compressed and it just makes it sound like shit.

Then Mayer had to try to ditch his pop stuff that made him famous and wants to compare himself to the blues greats that he grew up on (so he says) He said he started doing pop because it came get him better exposure but he wanted to play more blues.

New CD. Doesn't do it for me at all, sounds nothing like what made him famous, a few pop hooks, blues stringing guitar rhythm and a backing band on the album that are already famous in their own right.
John just cannot compare to this IMO. I think he should stick to writing more poprock because he excels dynamically at it.
After listening to it about 4 times people watching while walking the streets of San Francisco, fighting off bag ladies and beggers. I like the album a lot more now.

If you really want to absorb the album I suggest putting on some good headphones and go take a walk.

My favorite song on the album by far is Vultures.

Other notables are:
in no real particular order, my other favorites.

I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)
In Repair

Wating on The World to Change is ok too, not a favorite. I'm not sure this should have been the first single.

Conclusion: Go buy it along with a ridiculous set of speakers or cans. :)


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