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John Mayer Battle Studies [CD / DVD] (2-CD)

Entertainment Weekly: "[A]n expertly calibrated study in soft-pedal confessionals, searching lyricism, and mildly groovy guitar licks."
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: October 5, 2010
  • Originally Released: 2010
  • Label: Sony

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - p.116
3 stars out of 5 -- "BATTLE STUDIES is a real study in craftsmanship and understated guitar ninja-dom, and musos will thrill to Mayer's deconstruction of Robert Johnson's 'Crossroads.'"
Entertainment Weekly - p.84
"[A]n expertly calibrated study in soft-pedal confessionals, searching lyricism, and mildly groovy guitar licks."
Billboard (p.32) - "[H]e marches into fresh stylistic terrain by sampling an anthemic U2 ambience on 'Heartbreak Warfare'..."
Q (Magazine) - p.120
3 stars out of 5 -- "'Heartbreak Warfare' and 'War Of My Life' chug pleasantly along in their Police-lite way..."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Heartbreak Warfare
  • 2.All We Ever Do is Say Goodbye
  • 3.Half of My Heart - (featuring Taylor Swift)
  • 4.Who Says
  • 5.Perfectly Lonely
  • 6.Assassin
  • 7.Crossroads
  • 8.War of My Life
  • 9.Edge of Desire
  • 10.Do You Know Me
  • 11.Friends, Lovers or Nothing

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.No Such Thing [VH1 Storytellers]
  • 2.Daughters [VH1 Storytellers]
  • 3.Heartbreak Warfare [VH1 Storytellers]
  • 4.Your Body Is a Wonderland [VH1 Storytellers]
  • 5.Who Says [VH1 Storytellers]
  • 6.Waiting on the World to Change [VH1 Storytellers Version]
  • 7.Half of My Heart [A Trip to Japan Alone]
  • 8.Who Says [A Trip to Japan Alone]

Product Description:

Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY (05/12/2010); Battle Studios, Calabasas, CA (05/12/2010); Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA (05/12/2010); Steiner Studios, Brooklyn, NY (05/12/2010); The Village Studios, West Los Angeles, CA (05/12/2010); Tokyo, Japan (05/12/2010); Avatar Studios, New York, NY (12/10/2009); Battle Studios, Calabasas, CA (12/10/2009); Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA (12/10/2009); Steiner Studios, Brooklyn, NY (12/10/2009); The Village Studios, West Los Angeles, CA (12/10/2009); Tokyo, Japan (12/10/2009).
Photographers: Albert Watson ; Gari Askew.
It's no secret that John Mayer is a 21st Century Fox, wining and dining women all through tabloid headlines, so it's about time he delivered an album that traded upon his loverman persona -- and Battle Studies is that record in spades. Retaining more than a modicum of the slick, soul-blues undertones of Continuum, Mayer fashions a modern groove album, a record that maintains a smooth seductive vibe so thoroughly it spills into a one-man band cover of "Crossroads." Mayer remains somewhat of a disciple of Slowhand, but he shows an unusual interest in the big AOR stylings of Journeyman, along with Stevie Ray Vaughan's In Step, creating a coolly clean blend of synths and Strats, one that's as much about texture as it is about song.something perfectly appropriate for a make-out album like this. Sometimes, Mayer dips too heavily toward the texture, but he can't resist a good, tight melody and builds the bulk of Battle Studies upon them: the elegant "Half of My Heart," the softly soulful "Perfectly Lonely." Here, Mayer is effortlessly seductive and somewhat irresistible, and it's easy to see why the ladies love cool John. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 112,554
  • UPC: 886977731228
  • Shipping Weight: 0.29/lbs (approx)
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