John Mayer - Battle Studies

Double Album 2LP 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Reissue

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Battle Studies is the fourth studio album by American musician, singer-songwriter John Mayer, released in November 2009 by Columbia Records.

Heartbreak can be a songwriter’s best friend, and judging by the detailed and exquisite sadness radiating off of Battle Studies,’ Mayer has clearly been getting acquainted.

But more importantly, he’s finding ways to express his unpleasant romantic discoveries - about his exes, himself, and the world - in songs that are moving, funny, and painfully true without invoking bubblegum lyrics, or sounding, too often anyway, like a precious wussy.

As he did on his 2006 leap forward, ‘Continuum’’, Mayer, with help from drummer and co-producer Steve Jordan, continues to strip away the twinkly radio lacquer of his earlier work without sacrificing his pop sensibilities.

Lead single “Who Says”, a compact slip of rolling and tumbling acoustic charm, is a catchy, mildly defiant ditty about a moderatedly debauched road life. But between the lines lies an honest question about what that life means to Mayer as he gets older.

A wistfulness lingers in his falsetto on “All We Ever Do Is Say Goodbye”, as a sense of resignation wafts off the isolated and icy piano riffs and oozing guitar line. In “Half Of My Heart”, Mayer admits to clinging to a love while knowing he isn’t giving his all. It’s a sentiment people aren’t fond of hearing in real life but makes for honest songwriting. (Taylor Swift provides backing vocals.)

The line between ache and desperation can be wafer thin, and when Mayer teeters into the latter territory with “Edge Of Desire” it can be tough to listen.’ Redemption comes on the moody “Assassins”, in which his guitar slices through like piano wire to the throat.

Even when the proceedings threaten to get turgid, the intimacy of Mayer’s expression never wavers, and in many ways that’s Battle Studies greatest victory, this “Battle’’ is hard fought.

Check out the tracks: “Who Says”; “Heartbreak Warfare”; “Half Of My Heart” and “Perfectly Lonely”. 

This double album 2LP record set is a Music On Vinyl reissue on 180 gram audiophile vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with printed inner sleeves, pressed in Europe.

(8718469531059)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Heartbreak Warfare

4:30

A2

All We Ever Do Is Say Goodbye

4:35

A3

Half Of My Heart (Feat. Taylor Swift)

4:10

B1

Who Says

2:56

B2

Perfectly Lonely

4:28

B3

Assassin

5:14

C1

Crossroads

2:29

C2

War Of My Life

4:15

C3

Edge Of Desire

5:32

D1

Do You Know Me

2:30

D2

Friends, Lovers Or Nothing

5:59

SKU 8718469531059
Record Label Columbia Records
Label / Model # Music On Vinyl
Catalogue Number MOVLP570
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 16 July 2012
Original Release Date (Year) 17 November 2009
Barcode # 8718469531059
Shipping Weight 0.5850kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Inner Sleeves, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Blues Rock
Format VINYL LP

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