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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
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  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. Mr. Mayer has been writing songs again, good ones, with all the leanness and directness that distinguish his strongest work.
  3. 80
    A great blue-eyed soul record. [Dec 2006, p.108]
  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. With no edge to the songwriting and with such spit-polished, tasteful production, Continuum just doesn't convince as a heady, soulful rock album or as Mayer's creative quantum leap forward.
  6. In the end Continuum feels like little-more than the self-indulgent effort of a possibly-peaked pop star.
  7. Ultimately, this is dour stuff reminiscent of a yogic Sting. [Dec 2006, p.138]

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  1. Positive: 50 out of 55
  2. Negative: 3 out of 55
  1. 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 knowThis 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
  2. BB
    Dec 10, 2006
    10
    An instant classic - this will prove to be a defining album for John Mayer and one of the top releases of the decade.
  3. LuisG
    Sep 12, 2006
    10
    in keeping true to himself by avoiding over produced albums and passing songs "continuum" offers an escape on what radio passes for music in keeping true to himself by avoiding over produced albums and passing songs "continuum" offers an escape on what radio passes for music these days.. mayer shines making doudt, love, loss and any emotion worth experiencing ... not far fetch to call his work " GENIOUS" his bluesy, r&b , rock infused tracks stay with you and trigger a tear, hope and complete serenity... I LOVE THIS MAN !!!! Expand
  4. TroyM
    Apr 14, 2007
    10
    This is one of the only cds that I have on windows media player with a perfect 5 star on every song, that's coming from someone that This is one of the only cds that I have on windows media player with a perfect 5 star on every song, that's coming from someone that basically listens to Hip Hop and R&B, that's telling how good this one is........... Expand
  5. [Anonymous]
    Sep 18, 2006
    9
    great songwriting as per usual...well done
  6. jennifer
    Jan 25, 2007
    9
    Starting with track 2 you immediately feel the down home blues influence in the music and I love it! Belief if beautiful, Gravity is nice, Starting with track 2 you immediately feel the down home blues influence in the music and I love it! Belief if beautiful, Gravity is nice, Slow Dancing in a Burning Room is hypnotic. This album has soul and I love the fact that his guitar is getting some real attention on this CD. Make sure you pick this one up. It is well worth it. Expand
  7. ToddW
    Sep 27, 2006
    1
    I give Little, Good John kudos for at least turning on the lights in a studio. That said, I wish he would crawl back into the primordial I give Little, Good John kudos for at least turning on the lights in a studio. That said, I wish he would crawl back into the primordial adult-contemporay ooze from which both he and David Gray have sprung. A poor man's Mark Knopfler, he has neither the chops nor the writing ability of the former Dire Straits frontman. I'm ashamed to admit that Room For Squares sucked me into its miasma, but I realized the jig was decidedly up when he produced more live albums (three) than studio records since that touchstone. Sadly, his best gig since has been backing Dave Chappelle. Expand

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