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Battle Studies

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John Mayer 11/17/2009

Review

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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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Heartbreak Warfare John Mayer 4:25
  3. 2 All We Ever Do is Say Goodbye John Mayer 4:34
  4. 3 Half of My Heart John Mayer 4:5
  5. 4 Who Says John Mayer 2:55
  6. 5 Perfectly Lonely John Mayer 4:24
  7. 6 Assassin John Mayer 5:12
  8. 7 Crossroads John Mayer 2:28
  9. 8 War of My Life John Mayer 4:10
  10. 9 Edge of Desire John Mayer 5:30
  11. 10 Do You Know Me John Mayer 2:27
  12. 11 Friends, Lovers or Nothing John Mayer 5:56

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