Battle Studies (Uk)


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    Battle Studies (Uk) Columbia / Legacy
    1. Battle Studies (Uk) Columbia / Legacy
    2. Battle Studies (Ogv) Music on Vinyl

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Review Text 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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Record: 1

  1. 1. Heartbreak Warfare [Album Version]
  2. 2. All We Ever Do Is Say Goodbye [Album Version]
  3. 3. Half of My Heart
  4. 4. Who Says [Album Version]
  5. 5. Perfectly Lonely [Album Version]
  6. 6. Assassin [Album Version]

Record: 2

  1. 7. Crossroads [Album Version]
  2. 8. War of My Life
  3. 9. Edge of Desire
  4. 10. Do You Know Me [Album Version]
  5. 11. Friends, Lovers or Nothing

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