John Mayer’s new album Continuum ignites a soulful humanitarian in all of its listeners. Along with the single, “Waiting on the World to Change,” the rest of the album’s tracks display Mayer’s evolving musicianship. Continuum enchants listeners with its jazz club guitar melodies that set a perfect backdrop for Mayer’s smoky vocals. As a whole, Continuum is very well-rounded album. Although Mayer does not display the same guitar skill as in “Neon,” in Room for Squares, every song on Continuum finds a warm place to settle in the soul.
Unlike most musicians, Mayer has constructed an album listeners can just enjoy from track one to 12. Personal favorites include tracks three and eight, “Belief” and “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room” respectively. “Belief” is upbeat and emotionally charged while “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room” provides easy listening and involves the listeners in a tortured romance.
Continuum marks the beginning of John Mayer’s quest to rock ‘n’ roll infamy; it is a far cry from Mayer’s last two albums, Room for Squares (2001) and Heavier Things (2003), because it demonstrates Mayer’s versatility. He has shown the music industry that he can alternate music genres and still maintain fan base and success. Hopefully, any future work from this artist will only perpetuate his fan base’s belief in his musical evolution. Nevertheless, people still find faults in his musical abilities. Because “Waiting on the World to Change” and Ben Harper’s “Sexual Healing” have the same chord progression, some critics believe Mayer’s ability to create music is confused with his ability to copy others. However familiar his songs sound, no one can deny Mayer’s lyrical talent.
In music it’s not what an artist says in his or her songs, but how creatively he or she says it, and in Continuum Mayer has used ordinary language to explain his extraordinary outlook on life.