Continuum - John Mayer
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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter's first album in three years was produced by Steve Jordan and, for the first time, by Mayer himself.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Continuum is a gorgeously produced, brilliantly stripped-to-basics album that incorporates blues, soft-funk, R&B, folk and pop in a sound that is totally owned by Mayer. It's no stretch when trying to describe the sound of Continuum to color it in the light of work by such legends as Sting, Eric Clapton, Sade, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Steve Winwood.
  2. Many of Continuum's songs are on the softer, adult alternative side, but his melodic voice, warm production, complex riffs and thoughtful lyrics should cure the violent reactions Mayer's name used to evoke.
  3. A smart, breezy album that deftly fuses his love for old-school blues and R&B with his natural gift for sharp melodies and well-constructed songs. [21 Sep 2006, p.81]
  4. On "Waiting on the World to Change," Mayer breathily imagines a world where frat boys get off their couches and have people sign petitions. Sigh. A little more of that and less of noodley songs like "Vultures" and "Gravity" would have been a good step toward reminding us who Mayer really is.
  5. A couple songs on Continuum do hint at what Mayer is capable of if he can shed his perfectionist skin and get to the quick of his emotions. [Nov 2006, p.76]
  6. He calmly circles the same career themes with the same warmed-over, palatable guitar weavings: girls are scary, girls are sad, getting older is weird, home is nice.
  7. Ultimately, this is dour stuff reminiscent of a yogic Sting. [Dec 2006, p.138]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 54
  2. Negative: 3 out of 54
  1. Feb 11, 2012
    10
    One of the rare albums where I can listen right through and enjoy every single second of it. Slow dancing in a burning room, vultures, and stop this train are the highlights for me. Expand
  2. Aug 25, 2013
    10
    This is surely John Mayer's masterpiece in my opinion, in which he combines every influence from the blues to the jazz, pop-rock and so on Surely he gave everything of his own punch, this is the album -talking about style- where you can say "wow, this is John Mayer One of the greatest album ever and this is a MUST LISTEN album Expand
  3. Feb 2, 2014
    10
    This is John Mayer in the zone. This is where he lives. This is the kind of music he should be making for the rest of his career. I know artists hate to be pigeon-holed, but there is nobody else making this stuff. If he doesn't, who will?! This is an amazing blend of pop and blues. Most people, for whatever reason, can't sit through a blues record. Mayer makes the blues accessible. This is an all-time Top 10 record in my opinion. Expand
  4. Dec 21, 2012
    8
    John Mayer brings a great sounding album as a matter of fact way better sounding album than his newer music.

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