Battle Studies CD (2010)

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Label Columbia Records/sony
SKU 217059412
UPC 886977731228
UPC 14 00886977731228
Format CD
Release Date 10/5/2010
Links
Author John Mayer
Compilation Appearance Be (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance 80
Compilation Appearance Cars
Compilation Appearance Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary Pop
Compilation Appearance Yes We Can: Voices Of A Grassroots Movement
Compilation Appearance Chris Botti: Live in Boston (+ DVD)
Compilation Appearance Chris Botti: Live in Boston (+ DVD)
Compilation Appearance 2011 Grammy Nominees
Compilation Appearance Live At Shea Stadium
Compilation Appearance Duets II
Compilation Appearance Love For Levon
Compilation Appearance Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013
Compilation Appearance Classics
Compilation Appearance Classics
Compilation Appearance Believers Never Die:greatest Hits
Associated Artist/Work Harriott, Joe
Associated Artist/Work On, Pickin'
Technical Info
Engineer Chad Franscoviak
Producer Steve Jordan; John Mayer
CatalogID 53087
Lable Name Columbia (USA)
Released 10/05/2010
Original Release 2009
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 46m : 36s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00886977731228
Musical Guests
Taylor Swift
Album Notes and Credits
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
Professional 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..."
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
Product Attributes
Artist Mayer,John
Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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