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Battle Studies

Battle Studies

17 Nov 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 17 Nov. 2009
  • Release Date: 16 Nov. 2009
  • Label: Columbia
  • Copyright: (P) 2009 Sony Music Entertainment
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  • Total Length: 46:36
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  • ASIN: B002TNQETW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,441 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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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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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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I've been a John Mayer fan for a while now (since "Heavier Things", I guess), and while he's always walked a pretty fine line between commercial pop and more substantial musical endeavours, I've never seen much merit to the sorts of criticism he seems to attract in the states- he's never seemed quite the MOR pretty-boy barely-better-than-the Backstreet-Boys sugary pop crooner horror people have made him out to be. His lyrics were *just* clever enough, his songwriting *just* strong and original enough to keep him credible.

Of course, in the context of THIS album, a lot of that criticism makes sense. Unnecessary string sections, wimpy, mushy, reverb-y production (by world-renowned DRUMMER Steve Jordan), rent-a-celeb duet with someone (Taylor Swift) from the other side of the credible/commercial divide (assuming JM's still on the "credible" side- I'll wait for the next album...), and songs and lyrics that are among the blandest he's produced. It's not a BAD album, it's just not that good. Having said that, I quite liked what he did with "Crossroads", which seems to have been pretty universally hated by other reviewers.

I read somewhere that one of the aims of this album was for Mayer not to "hide behind" his guitar playing. Personally, I've never really thought of JM as someone who could be accused of that. If anything, I find myself wanting MORE "hott lixx" on his records, not less.
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Let me start by saying I love John Mayer. I have everything he has ever done, seen him in concert etc, etc. But if you thought "who says" was average like I did then the rest of the album is the same. heartbreak warfare is good, his version of crossroads is just plain awful. This is an average Cd and his worst so far. I like the fact that JM has tried to change the syle of music a little bit with every CD and has even been a bit adventurous by middle of the road standards, but this is as middle of the road as middle of the road gets and mostly the songs are just forgettable. So a decent effort by other peoples standards, but not by his. Great for the background at dinner parties, coffe shops etc. It's disappointing if you are a fan and used to his very high standards, but for a new fan it'll probably be a good introduction.
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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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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Nov. 2009
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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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