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If any artist of recent vintage proves that you can't always trust first impressions, it would be John Mayer. When he first appeared on the scene, Mayer seemed to be a perfect fit for the sensitive guy with guitar niche -- a perch from which he'd turn out songs to swoon to ad infinitum. Well, he's still capable of doing that, but as he proves on this third outing, he's far more than just another pretty voice. Continuum has its share of sweet moments -- like "Stop This Train," a surprisingly mature musing on the passage of time -- but Mayer brings plenty of other flavors to the table. That's most evident on the engagingly upbeat "Waiting for the World to Change" an ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
If any artist of recent vintage proves that you can't always trust first impressions, it would be John Mayer. When he first appeared on the scene, Mayer seemed to be a perfect fit for the sensitive guy with guitar niche -- a perch from which he'd turn out songs to swoon to ad infinitum. Well, he's still capable of doing that, but as he proves on this third outing, he's far more than just another pretty voice. Continuum has its share of sweet moments -- like "Stop This Train," a surprisingly mature musing on the passage of time -- but Mayer brings plenty of other flavors to the table. That's most evident on the engagingly upbeat "Waiting for the World to Change" an optimist's take on a protest song, but also on "In Repair," a heartland rocker steeped in lost-love emotion. He even allows a bit of crossover from the hard-charging material he cranked out last year on Try!, the live outing he and his Trio released last year, reprising both "Gravity" and "Vultures" in versions that are slightly less raucous, but still tough enough to raise the roof an inch or two. That attitude also comes through on a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Bold as Love," a song that allows Mayer to showcase chops that are well-honed enough to pass muster among aficionados of six-string gymnastics, and "Belief," on which he waxes funky over a slithery groove that's aimed directly at the pelvis. Mayer hasn't forgotten how to connect with the heart, however, and does just that on breathy, intimate ballads like "The Heart of Life," a moody nugget that furthers the vibe he laid out on "Daughters." That ability to cover the full spectrum -- the whole Continuum, if you will -- both sonically and spiritually sets Mayer apart from his contemporaries, lending him the aura of a guy who'll have a hold on fans' ears long after they've stopped using him as eye candy.
All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Anybody who was initially confused by singer/songwriter John Mayer's foray into blues with 2005's Try! John Mayer Trio Live in Concert could only have been further confounded upon listening to the album and coming to the realization that it was actually good. And not just kinda good, especially for guy who had been largely labeled as a Dave Matthews clone, but really, truthfully, organically good as a blues album in its own right. However, for longtime fans who had been keeping tabs on Mayer, the turn might not have been so unexpected. Soon after the release of his 2003 sophomore album, the laid-back, assuredly melodic Heavier Things, Mayer began appearing on albums by such iconic blues and jazz artists as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, and Herbie Hancock. And not just singing, but playing guitar next to musicians legendary on the instrument. In short, he was seeking out these artists in an attempt to delve into the roots of the blues, a music he obviously has a deep affection for. Rather than his blues trio being a one-off side project completely disconnected to his past work, it is clear now that it was the next step in his musical development. And truthfully, while Try! certainly showcases Mayer's deft improvisational blues chops, it's more of a blues/soul album in the tradition of such electric blues legends as Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and features songs by Mayer that perfectly marry his melodic songcraft and his blues-slinger inclinations. In fact, what seemed at the time a nod to his largely female fan base the inclusion of "Daughters" and "Something's Missing" off Heavier Things was actually a hint that he was bridging his sound for his listeners, showing them where he was going. That said, nothing he did up until the excellent, expansive Try! could have prepared you for the monumental creative leap forward that is Mayer's 2006 studio effort, Continuum. Working with his blues trio
hythm section of bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan, along with guest spots by trumpeter Roy Hargrove and guitarist Ben Harper, Mayer brings all of his recent musical explorations and increasing talents as a singer/songwriter to bear on Continuum. Produced solely by Mayer and Jordan, the album is a devastatingly accomplished, fully realized effort that in every way exceeds expectations and positions Mayer as one of the most relevant artists of his generation. Adding weight to the notion that Mayer's blues trio is more than just a creative indulgence, he has carried over two tracks from the live album in "Vultures" and the deeply metaphorical soul ballad "Gravity." These are gut-wrenchingly poignant songs that give voice to a generation of kids raised on TRL teen stars and CNN soundbites who've found themselves all grown up and fighting a war of "beliefs." Grappling with a handful of topics -- social and political, romantic and sexual, pointedly personal and yet always universal in scope -- Mayer's Continuum here earns a legitimate comparison to Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. Nobody -- not a single one of Mayer's contemporaries -- has come up with anything resembling a worthwhile antiwar anthem that is as good and speaks for their generation as much as his "Waiting on the World to Change" -- and he goes and hangs the whole album on it as the first single. It's a bold statement of purpose that is carried throughout the album, not just in sentiment, but also tone. 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. In fact, the sustained adult contemporary tone of the album could easily have become turgid, boring, or dated but never does, and brings to mind such classic late-'80s albums as Sting's Nothing Like the Sun, Clapton's Journeyman, and Vaughan's In Step. At every turn, Continuum finds Mayer to be a mature, thoughtful, and gifted musician who fully grasps his place not just in the record industry, but in life.
Rolling Stone - Anthony DeCurtis
A smart, breezy album that deftly fuses [Mayer's] love for old-school blues and R&B with his natural gift for sharp melodies and well-constructed songs.
Boston Globe - Joan Anderman
A creative leap for Mayer. He's seamlessly integrated the catchy, laid-back songcraft that endeared him to a global fan base of mothers and daughters with serious guitar chops, a reverence for classic soul music, and lyrics that suggest the 28-year-old musician has lived and lost and cogitated a good deal in the five years since penning "Your Body Is a Wonderland."

A smart, breezy album that deftly fuses [Mayer's] love for old-school blues and R&B with his natural gift for sharp melodies and well-constructed songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828767901923
  • Catalog Number: 79019

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Mayer Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Larry Goldings Organ, Keyboards
Roy Hargrove Horn
Ricky Peterson Piano, Keyboards
Manolo Badrena Percussion
Jack Hale Trombone
Ben Harper Guitar
Charlie Hunter 8-string Guitar
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Pino Palladino Bass, Electric Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Lester Snell Organ, fender rhodes
Willie Weeks Bass, Electric Bass
Lannie McMIllian Tenor Saxophone
Steve Jordan Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
James Valentine Guitar
Chalmers "Spanky" Alford Guitar
Kristen Moss Vocals
Ben Carley Trumpet
Scotty Crowe Vocals
Ricky Cytonbaum Vocals
Jim Mahorn Baritone Saxophone
Harley Pasternak Vocals
Maggie Slavonic Vocals
Sandy Vongdasy Vocals
Technical Credits
Willie Mitchell Engineer, Horn Arrangements
Greg Calbi Mastering
Joe Ferla Engineer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Nathaniel Kunkel Digital Editing
Dave O'Donnell Engineer
Pino Palladino Composer
Lester Snell Horn Arrangements
John Alagia Engineer
Art Smith Drum Technician
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
Martin Pradler Digital Editing
Steve Jordan Composer, Producer, Audio Production
John Mayer Composer, Producer, Art Direction, Audio Production
Brian Montgomery Digital Editing
Chad Franscoviak Engineer
Peter Doris Digital Editing
Glen Nakasako Art Direction
Bryan Pugh Digital Editing
Angie Teo Digital Editing
René Martínez Guitar Techician
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    We're All Witnesses...

    He's not just a great writer or artist in these times of thin, worthless attempts at music, he is an abberation no matter what time frame you put him in, period. John Mayer stands along as one of the best songwriters I've heard since Stevie Wonder. Yeah, I said it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Love him or hate him--THIS IS GOOD MUSIC.

    John Mayer is a songwriting and musician virtuoso. From his early work to recent outings, he captures the true essence of what music is and should do for its listeners: to take them away and make them feel through lyrics and music things perhaps they had never felt before....and love it! Continuum is certainly a step up however from his other 2 studio albums in both quality and style. Every track from this album takes me away to feel empowered, comtemplative, and just plain good having listened to them. Definately a classic. If you don't have it, GET IT!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply AMAZING!

    I've heard John Mayer on the radio, but was never a big fan of his. My friend let me borrow her cd and told me to give it a try. I was absolutely blown away by the lyrics and overall sound of the cd. Every song makes you think, reflect and relax. I can't decide which song is my favorite because there are so many great choices. This is truly a rare find and I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He's lost it

    Forget all the guitar playing. He needs to come up with great lyrics and songs. That's what made him famous. I don't find anything magic about an artist thinking he's as innovative as Hendrix.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Would the imposter please raise his hand

    Well, it never seems to fail. A pop super-star moves a little away from his niche, and he's hailed as a genius- an artist who is displaying growth. In this case, rather than directing his wares at his usual teen-age female audience, John Mayer is attempting to "stretch out." He has composed songs with lyrics that are not entirely personal in character, and he has eschewed pop for blues and R & B. Sorry to say, however, that effort alone does not produce a good album. Indeed, I now am convinced that the passing elements of sophistication heard in "Room for Squares" were very much, as I suspected, the handiwork of the producer John Alagia. Without that production and the technique of a seasoned pro in the studio- no matter what the choice of material- Mayer is the same self-absorbed, mediocre musician-singer-songwriter that I suspected he was. Having said that, the main problem with this CD is actually not so much in the production, but that it isn't nearly authentic. Our guitar-player, singer super-star has often admitted that he is enchanted by blues and R & B. Unfortunately, he's no better than average at it. Indeed, if you're a fan of that music at all, you won't put up with this insincere flailing for more than a few minutes. Clearly out of his element, in place of originality he has resorted to aping the sound of those who do (or in this case, did) it so well. Therefore, on selections such as "Waiting For the World," for instance, he is the new Marvin Gay, the same for "I Don't Trust Myself"- (where the production, incidentally, is also almost entirely a theft from Boz Scagg's album "Dig." Oh- the humanity!) Listen as well to the Percy Sledge-like "Gravity" or the Otis Redding copy on "I'm Gonna Find Another You." Soulful? Not really. Without any evidence of passion, it's merely inept imitation. As a result, Mayer's not playing the blues, he's "playing at it." To make matters worse, as pretenders like this are wont to do, he tries to do a cover of Hendrix material. Since it's not Hendrix, it's just not going to come off. It never does. In this case, though, the effort is handicapped even more by the fact that Mayer is neither an innovative nor accomplished guitar player, making "Bold As Love" an embarrassment. The fact of the matter is that John Mayer is at his best when he is doing mainstream pop, listenable numbers that include festive and clever variations mixed in by a capable producer. For that matter, Continuum is not a total waste. There is something to be said for "Belief," with its haunting guitar riff, "Vultures" that features a steady driving rhythm, and "Stop this Train" which, while simple in structure, still makes an enjoyably tender statement. But even those numbers lack the little nuances and accented infectious hooks that have distinguished Mayer from the average MOR performer in the past. Indeed, without those bits of spice that have characterized his previous releases, even Mayer doing Mayer isn't quite enough. Overall, then, Continuum is mostly not really worth your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Far From Daughters But Amazing

    John Mayer discovers a newer cooler sound with his new album. He brings a more blus feel with songs like Vultures and Gravity. He also has the clossest thing to a Lennon song in a while with Waiting On The World To Change....but also turns to acoustic with Stop This Train. Then he rocks out Jimi Hendirx's Bold As Love...all the tracks are very strong.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gravity is NOT working against John Mayer

    John Mayer has created a record to top all records with 'Continuum'. Unlike past albums where John Mayer sings of a new love, Mayer mourns the loss of a lover on this album with songs such as 'In Repair' and the beautifully written and sounding 'Slow Dancing in a Burning Room'. He also shows the activist in him with 'Waiting on the World to Change'. A stunning cd, good to relax and wind down with. "and definitely amazing to see these songs performed live"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pleasantly surprised!

    My wife and I used to make fun of this guy, and I did not care for either of the first two albums or the hits 'Body is a Wonderland' or 'Daughters' - but I had been reading good things about his trio album 'Try', and this album, and being a fan of good guitar work and jazz, decided to give this a try - and I am glad I did. I am very, very impressed! Great playing, solid songwriting, and don't be fooled - this is NOT 'Room for Squares' or 'Heavier Things'. Solid, rock/blues/soul album with several excellent songs. Nice job, John! Keep up the good work!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Penetrating lyrics coupled with extremely accomplished musical arrays

    I'm not fully ready to say this is the best album I've heard that has come out in my lifetime (past 25 years), but it is dangerously close. Perhaps a few more listens and it will be there. It's pretty simple, this is an album that deserves to be seen as a classic right now. It will be remembered and referenced for many years in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Blew me away!!!

    This album is AWESOME! I bought it, knowing a few of the songs, but really just thinking it would only have a handful of songs that I would like. It totally exceeded my expectations and is now one of the favorite CD's that I own! My favorite songs are "The Heart of Life" for the message, "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room" for the amazing, descriptive lyrics, "I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)" for the guitar....I could go on and on! This whole album is so smokey and sexy and mind blowing! I would reccomend this to anyone who wants to hear John Mayer at his best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Real Music

    I just finished listening to John Continuum's "That real" with feelings, emotions and heart that he so melodious with his expression of his passion that delivered in his music. This is one I Highly recommend to everyone. The cat is smooth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    John Strikes Again!

    I get very emotional whenever I write something about John Mayer. Possibly because I strongly, strongly believe in him and his music. Continuum is not only the greatest album I've ever heard, but it's the only album that's spoken to me that deeply. "Waiting on the World to Change" is the perfect song for what our world is in right now. It's light and breezy enough not to be politically attacked, but perfect to put an idea in your head and to get you thinking. "Don't Trust Myself(With Loving You)" is the sexiest song he's ever written. The lyrics have the same love as "Your Body..." but has the sting of a mature view. I could really go on forever, but if anyone has found this at all helpful in their possible purchase of Continuum and would like some more convincing to buy said album and more, feel free to contact me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    simply amazing

    I have always been a john mayer fan. But this Cd is just perfect, every song is likable and gets suck in you head. I have to hand it to him he really improved his sound and hands down the best cd yet....hope there is more to come!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing CD

    I saw John Mayer in concert on DirecTV and I had to order the CD immediately. Once I heard it, I ordered all of his CDs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    JOHN MAYER OUTDOES HIMSELF ONCE AGAIN

    I loved john mayer's cd continuum. I am a big fan of his and own all of his cd's. This cd from him is a master piece and I love every song on this cd. If you like john mayer or have heard "Waiting On the World to change" you'll love this cd!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great/Amazing/Spectacular Album

    If you are looking for a party, dance style album, buy Fergie's album. If you are looking for the best songs put together by a song writer in the class of Sting, Clapton, U2, etc....then get Continuum. It's simply outstanding, and it's one of those albums that sounds good the 1st time and by about the 6th time, it's the greatest thing you've ever heard in your life. Well worth the $$$.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A CD your Mom will just LOVE!

    I really really want to like John Mayer, I really do. I thought most of his stuff from the first two albums was ok, but what kept me from writing him off was the fact that I knew he was capable of rock and roll greatness. I would read quotes from him saying things like, "I really got into music after listening to Stevie Ray Vaughn. He made me want to play guitar." and I would think, hmmmm... ok, so why do you keep offering the same lite-rock pablum. Then I would hear him say, "I am proud of my previous songs (ie. Daughters), but I dont think I will ever write songs like them again." and I start to think, well, perhaps he is going to go in a new direction... this could be good. THEN he releases "TRY!", a record that was really good. Like four stars good, and I am starting to think this could be the beginging of the transformation into the "New and Improved J.M." that I had been hearing about and was waiting for. Then he releases "Continuum." Now, dont get me wrong, this isnt a bad record. Most of his contemporaries would be hard pressed to put out an album this focused, polished, competently written and pleasing. But I was left disappointed once again because I, personally, felt that he was playing it safe. Where is the edge to this album John? The only track that even comes close was written by Jimi Hendrix! Instead we get a bunch of tracks that I felt would be best at home on a light rock station (and a few that could almost rub up against lite-jazz, yuck!). Again, this a personal review, and I dont want to discount the level of craftsmanship put into this album. If you liked "Heavier Things" you will most likely love this album, but if you were looking for a J.M. album that expands on and bulks up his stuff with the Trio, you will probably be disappointed. 2 1/2 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing Album!

    An truely great album that will never go stale. Everything about it is just incredible. It is definatly a MUST buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    John Mayer Wows Us Yet Again

    I seriously can't stop listening to this CD. It's so multi-faceted, it fits every possible mood you could be in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent! One of his best!

    I just bought JM's "Continuum" this afternoon and I love it. This album has a very mature sound to it and the guitar work is superb. This is arguably one of John Mayer's best albums. There is a mix of blues-rock and simple alternative melodies and all are good. I really don't think there is anyway to show up this album's simplicity and that's what makes it so good. "Waiting for the World to Change," "Gravity," "Vultures," and the Jimi Hendrix cover "Bold as Love" are my favorites. A must have album for any music fan!

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