John Mayer released a new album titled “Battle Studies” on November 17. Although this album has some great songs, I believe JM failed to present the style of music for which he is well-known and liked.
His previous albums such as “Continuum” and “Heavier Things” showcased a blues rock style of music emphasizing Mayer’s skilled guitar playing abilities. In “Battle Studies,” however, his music has a softer, more popish feel.
“Battle Studies” features Taylor Swift in ‘Half of My Heart,’ which alone, well, makes me *gag*. The majority of the other songs such as ‘All We Ever Do is Say Goodbye’ and ‘Do You Know Me’ present the same tempo and mellow, sappy lyrics, which is unusual for JM.
Although it lacks creativity, ‘Perfectly Lonely’ was my favorite song of the album because it resembles John Mayer’s previous music the most.
I don’t blame John Mayer for experimenting with different styles, but I hope he realizes that sometimes it’s better to stick with the niche you’ve already created.
I recently discovered a new band called Kings of Leon. After hearing their hit song, ‘Use Somebody,’ on the radio a million times, I decided that I really liked it and figured I should find out more about their music.
One rather interesting thing that I found out about this band is that they formed in Nashville! All the band members are related (brothers and cousin) which I think is very rare and cool (Chevelle is the only other band I know that was formed by brothers).
After listening to their most recent album, “Only by the Night,” I found them to be very similar to Jet, Snow Patrol, and The Killers. If you enjoy listening to any of those bands, you will definitely enjoy Kings of Leon as well!
Their lyrics seem to be clean and since they are close to home, watching them live is a definite possibility for Southern students who enjoy a mix of alternative/classic rock.