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Battle Studies [CD]

John Mayer Audio CD
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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 ... Read more in Amazon's John Mayer Store

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  • Audio CD (16 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B002QEXN2K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,088 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Heartbreak Warfare 4:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. All We Ever Do Is Say Goodbye 4:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Half Of My Heart 4:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Who Says 2:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Perfectly Lonely 4:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Assassin 5:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Crossroads 2:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. War Of My Life 4:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Edge of Desire 5:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Do You Know Me 2:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Friends, Lovers Or Nothing 5:590.99  Buy MP3 

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John Mayer's Battle Studies comes three years after his critically acclaimed 2006 album, Continuum. Incorporating the warmth, melodies and simplicity of 70's and 80's California rock/pop, Battle Studies is a confessional, relaxed and liberated album recorded in a private home in California where Mayer lived and worked over the course of six months before wrapping at the famed Capitol Studios in Los Angeles. The album's first single, "Who Says" challenges conventional standards of what one can accomplish or undertake - despite society's constraints. Battle Studies also showcases universal themes on "Heartbreak Warfare," "Assassin," and "War of My Life," while flexing guitar chops on "Rock Song," and a reinterpretation of "Crossroads." The famously collaborative guitar player also invited one of music's brightest new talents, Taylor Swift, to appear on "Half of My Heart."

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give the guy a break 15 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
OK this may not be a ground breaking revolutionary step forward in the history of popular music, but come on - it's John Mayer. This may not be the greatest thing he's ever recorded, but it's pretty good - very good if by anyone else. Stick it in your car on a long journey, or your ipod dock when you're having a bath and it's fantastic.

This is what John Mayer does. Provide great radio friendly tunes, full of class and fun. And why is everyone so freaked out by Crossroads - it's only 2 1/2 minutes long! I think it's quite a funky little tune - he's not pretending to be Clapton.

I thoroughly recommend this album. The guitar playing is tasteful, the tunes are good and the lyrics have as much meaning as you need.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a chance, it's a grower. 29 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
I got this album on pre order and was initially quite disapointed. I thought the songs were bland and John had taken a step back from his work on Continuum. I persevered with it though and while I can't say it's as good as his last record there are some genuinely interesting tracks on here.
There is a feeling of confidence when you listen to the songs, as usual with Mayer's releases the quality of the writing remains high throughout, stand out tracks for me are Assassin - reminds me of Sting's best stuff and has a beautiful guitar solo ; Half of my Heart - not so sure about Tayor Swift's part but it's a snappy country/pop song ; Heartbreak Warfare - great groove, thoughtful lyrics and believe it or not, Crossroads - everyone seems to be slating it but I think he's done something interesting with a classic track, it's contemporary and Steve Jordan's drumming is a perfect fit as ever. I can also say, having caught one of the dates on this tour, that these songs translate very well live.
I think this is an album to invest some time in. It's not the instant classic that Continuum was but it's a genuinely well written and interesting pop record from a guy who, in my opinion, is one of the most talented songwriters of his generation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 31 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
After viewing the many bad reviews of Battle Studies I was disappointed, because I was looking forward to John's new album, but if I had taken notice of them I would have missed a wonderful and beautiful set of songs/ballards.
Yes Crossroads is not my favourite but its not a bad version, I have heard worse (just listen to most of the UK top 10 singles).
Buy it, let it grow on you it will!
I think its as good as Continuum, but in a different way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Average? Bland? 17 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
Sorry guys, but I am totally at odds with my fellow reviewers here; this album is great!!!

Yes, the style changes somewhat, but its unmistakeably John Mayer; and therefore any fan of John's music should love this album after a couple of plays. I think its second only to 'Try!', which is my favourite. (especially the DVD version)

Favourite tracks include 'Half of my Heart' and 'Perfectly Lonely'.

There's not a huge amount of guitar work here, just a collection of very cleverly crafted songs, from a musical genius. Am I biased? You betcha......

If you love good music, don't hesitate to buy a copy; or better still, catch him 'live' in concert in the New Year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Mayer Rules 9 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What can I say I am a dyed in the wool fan and as far as i am concerned this album does nothing to shake that.
The style is slightly different but is one of those albums that grows on you the more you listen to it.
And the track "Crossroads"is one of the best renditions i have heard including Mr Claptons.
Great Album keep them coming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album from John Mayer 11 Dec 2009
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Another wonderful album from a very talented performer.

I wish I could have John Mayer sing to me all day. I will never get bored from listening to this man sing. What a voice!!!

Buy this album and you won't be disappointed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not up to his usual standard 26 Nov 2009
By neats4
Format:Audio CD
Like many others I like John Mayer and his older stuff particularly the blues/rock stuff he did - don't get me wrong I also like the continuum/room for squares albums - but found this very disappointing it is completely over produced with too much going on and a real shame because I was looking forward to it coming out. His voice is strong enough but found the album overall very bland and hard to get into.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just Fine By Me 22 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
I can't help but feel that there is a little more
unkindless in the air regarding John Mayer's new
album 'Battle Studies' than he really deserves.

One does not buy a recording by Mr Mayer expecting
originality and innovation. It is not his territory.

What we are given here is a collection of eleven
perfectly-formed and easily digestible pops songs
and I cannot find it in my heart to believe that
this should be considered such a terrible crime.

There are those who are born to drive fast on the right
or the left of the road and there are others who are
content to cruise defiantly straight down the middle lane.

Mr Mayer does no great disservice to the middle-of-the-road.

The melodies are strong and not always as predictable as
a first hearing might suggest. 'All We Ever Do Is Say Goodbye'
is a fine case in point; the harmonic structure of the chorus
is simple but delightful; the chord-changes in the verses
satisfyingly elusive. It is a lovely song.

'Assassin' is another fine composition driven along by
Steve Jordan's beautifully measured percussion.
Subtlety and emotional power are delivered in equal measure.
The voice is strong and sure; the guitar solo economical.

'War Of My Life' could not, for a moment, pretend to be
anything other than what it is : a string of world-weary
cliches stitched together into some semblance of a song.
The strange thing is, the final result is totally convincing.

I'd have been tempted to throw 5 stars at the project had it
not been for the somewhat lacklustre 'Half Of My Heart' and
'Perfectly Lonely'; both too ordinary to have warrented inclusion.
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Brilliant as always
Published 1 month ago by Christine Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars Mayer rules.
John Mayer performs to such a high standard. He is so easy to listen to and like Born and Raised he can vary his style whilst maintaining his blues influence. Just brilliant.
Published 3 months ago by TerryWalls
4.0 out of 5 stars Great ...but only if you appreciate good songwriting
I'm with PDCMAN here! I have all of John Mayer's studio albums and a couple of live albums too so of course I'm biased as well! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Mayer
another great album from john mayer. I love everything that this man does and play them over and over again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Mixed tracks that grown on you. Switching from mellow to rock and bluesy numbers. Recommended to new and old followers.
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Published 10 months ago by Sarah Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I love this album. I am not a big fan of his personal life, but John Mayer has a great voice and I love his writing music! this is one of my favourite albums ever.
Published 12 months ago by jennifer daly
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful :')
I actually bought this as a Mother's Day gift but my mum wasn't really keen initially so I listened to it and FELL IN LOVE and now mums nicked it back :L so I bought another!!! Read more
Published 17 months ago by BeckyBisby
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
In my humble opinion this is his best album. I love the songs and the sounds. Can't get enough of this album. It's one of my favourites.
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