Beyond the Review: John Mayer's Continuum
I remember hearing "Waiting on the World to Change" by John Mayer on the radio a couple months ago. The song seemed to stand out from all the blah ho hum music that litters the airwaves these days. In fact it was by strange circumstance that I discovered this song.
You know those times when you have to ride in someone else's car and they control the radio. This time I was riding along and they had that easy listening, top 40, 80s and 90s mix station playing. It was the kind of station that plays that day time sleepy music work. (Fortunately at work I get to wear headphone and listen to my own collection of tunes) But this time I did my best to fill the air with conversation when the new John Mayer song "Waiting on the World to Change" started up. I like this. Cool the new John Mayer, I thought to myself.
Heading online I quickly found the song and the new album. Dropped it into my iTunes and forgot about it. I do that. I search for cool new music and then forget. It may be due to a new release of these new albums by Ben Kweller and Bob Dylan. I had already put these on my must buy list and picked them up. They are great and I posted them online as a review.
Then something happened. I started to notice a lot of push for the new John Mayer album Continuum. There was a huge area in the Yahoo LAUNCHcast Radio with promotion to send in a video clip of people doing good deeds. (Good deeds being the theme of the video for "Waiting on the World to Change") I also saw the new album on the racks at Starbucks. Starbucks has a small selection and I thought to myself, wow they are really pushing this album. I guess it's important to push a new music CD.
The next time I hit the music I played the album. Wow! It was one of those weird things. The album didn't suck like most do having only one hit song and $15 down the drain. I found myself mixing the whole album Continuum into my favorite mixes.
1 = Bad and 5 = Great
I rate these songsâ€¦
Waiting On The World To Change 5/5
I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You) 4/5
Gravity 5/5... is a wonderful mellow song I find singing to myself.
The Heart Of Life 5/5
Stop This Train 3/5
Slow Dancing In A Burning Room 3/5
Bold As Love 3/5
Dreaming With A Broken Heart 5/5
In Repair 5/5
I'm Gonna Find Another You 5/5
I can see myself driving late at night down California Highway 1 from San Francisco to Santa Cruz with this album playing, a full moon glowing over the Pacific and my favorite person by my side.
For me the stand out songs on this album are "Gravity", "Vultures" and "I'm Gonna Find Another You". This is a great CD.
Other albums that would mix well with "Continuum"...
the new Bob Dylan "Modern Times"
Jack Johnson "In Between Dreams"
John Legend "Once Again"
...and one from way out in left field...
"The Commitments Original Soundtrack".
That would be some trip driving from San Jose to LA. (6 hours for normal humans, 5 hours for speed freaks) Oh, I have to throw in some Steely Dan on that bluesy flavored trip.
This John Mayer album is worth every dime spent. I suggest that next time your at the Starbucks getting a Venti White Mocha ($4), that $15 for the new John Mayer CD is a bargain. Go ahead and pick up a couple to give as gifts.
Lastly, I bought a couple extras of the album for those friends I may find myself riding along with.
Bonus, John Mayer on YouTube