Day 28: John Mayer – “Continuum”

Tracklisting

  1. Waiting On the World to Change
  2. I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You)
  3. Belief
  4. Gravity
  5. The Heart of Life
  6. Vultures
  7. Stop This Train
  8. Slow Dancing In A Burning Room
  9. Bold As Love
  10. Dreaming With A Broken Heart
  11. In Repair
  12. I’m Gonna Find Another You

John Mayer catches so much crap for being pop-oriented. But his first truly artistic album, “Continuum” erases that identity with pop and turns Mayer into a very respectable blues guitarist.

Let’s face it, Mayer has skill. He can play the hell out of the guitar and the songs on this album really translate well live. “Gravity” is the hit song off this album and when Mayer does it live, he busts into a blues jam that gets you rockin’ back and forth, nodding your head and grooving to the crying of his guitar.

Mayer also hits us hard with “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room,” “Vultures,” Belief” and “Dreaming With a Broken Heart.”

“Waiting on the World to Change,” the album’s opening song, is the token pop hit that was released as a single to gain the rest of the album attention. It’s your typical “keep the world green or else we’ll die” crap that was getting beaten to death in our heads by Al Gore around this time.

He also excellently covers Jimi Hendrix’s song “Bold a Love.” Mayer respects the heck out of classic rock and has been known to throw a cover or two in his live performances (Police’s “Message In A Bottle” and Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin'” on live releases as well as Cream’s “Crossroads” on his most recent album, “Battle Studies”).

It’s simple. Respect what Mayer has done. He may be a douche bag and he may have pissed off Taylor Swift enough to have her write a crappy song about him – she sucks anyway so way to go, John – but Mayer is an extremely gifted artist with great skills and some serious song-writing abilities.

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