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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 (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,963 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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'Battle Studies' is John Mayer's fourth studio album and was released in 2009. The album (which he produced himself) debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling over 200,000 copies in its first week. It achieved successful sales in several other countries and produced two singles that attained chart success. The album has been certified platinum in the United States. In Europe the album produced four hits : 'Who Says', 'Heartbreak Warfare', 'Half of My Heart' (ft. Taylor Swift) and 'Perfectly Lonely'. 'Battle Studies' is an elegant and soulful album that shows an effortlessly seductive and somewhat irresistible John Mayer. Available again on heavy duty vinyl. --This text refers to the Vinyl edition.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Huw Roberts on 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 By Rasputin on 29 Jan 2010
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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 By Sam Page on 31 Jan 2010
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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 By PDCMAN on 17 Dec 2009
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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 By Mr. S. Lambert on 19 Nov 2009
Format: Audio CD
After his 2008 live album (Where The Light Is) in which, barring the acoustic opening, all the tracks not featured on any of his albums were all excellent blues performances, as well as some bluesy tracks of Continuum, I was not expecting an album like this. "Perfectly Lonely" has a blues element to it, and is a standout track, and most blues fans will instantly recognise the song "Crossroads", but Mayer's cover does Johnson's no credit at all, though saying that there is an excellent performance with Clapton on YouTube of this song, but why is this version on the album?!

The first single "Who Says" is not bad, and because of this it stands out against the rest, though put it in any of his other albums and it would probably go unnoticed. The songwriting in the album isn't up to his usual standard. The rest of the songs on the albums are entirely forgettable, and has dragged the standard of the album way down.

I think part of the problem is that, with his studio albums, especially Continuum, he has set himself up for this fall. Fingers crossed he can pick himself up with something better next time around.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Saward on 15 Nov 2009
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Now i dont usually write these as i believe you should make your own mind up, but as the other review depicted a poor/bad vibe to this album...i tohught i would contribute. yes of course i am goin to be bias as im a fan, however. Listen to the album. Honestly, the 1st listen as i excitedly anticipated the sounds was a 'ahhhh...hmmm ok...ahhh' kind of reaction...second time round was a 'ooohhh ahh oooh' kind of reaction as it got better the second time, and the times after that it got better and better, i think thats because i 'got it' and understod it the second time round. i completly disagree with the last review stateing thats theres no memorable tracks on it. its full of gems. People expecting a 'pop' album like his early work, may be disapointed. Its subtle, clever and mature. So 5 stars for me, and ive already got tickets to see him in 3 shows in January. yep, i think he's an absolute legend. Nice one JM, *high five*....
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