John Mayer's new album, Battle Studies, I feel has been a great success already. It is different from his last CD, Continuum, in the sense that it contains less jazz and is a bit on the "pop" side. The guitar legend has many little guitar riffs and solos throughout the album, and they always seem to blend in perfectly. The CD has a mixture of jazz, acoustic, electronic, piano, and rock songs, and John seems to pull them all of with his deep lyrics and catchy melodies.
This CD is a must own for any John Mayer fan, or really anyone a fan of alternative music in general. Mayer's low, raspy voice blends perfectly with his jazz guitar, and the backup bass and drums seem to compliment it just right. Mayer has switched up his playing style once again to deliever more of a pop album, but he still retains his jazz roots from Continuum.
The best tracks on the album, in my opinion, are "Heartbreak Warefare, " "Half of My Heart, " "Who Says, " "Perfectly Lonely, " and "Friends, Lovers, or Nothing." Battle Studies is one of those CDs that anyone could stick into their car stereo player and listen to the full album without ever skipping a track.