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.