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Continuum

John Mayer

2006

Continuum
Album Summary

This album has been submitted by a user and is not included in any edition of the book.

Continuum is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter John Mayer, released on September 12, 2006, by Aware and Columbia Records. Recording sessions took place from January 2005 to July 2006 at The Village Recorder in Los Angeles, Avatar Studios and Right Track/Sound on Sound in New York City, and Royal Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Produced by singer and drummer Steve Jordan, it marked a change in Mayer's musical style, incorporating elements of blues and soul more heavily than in his previous work with pop rock. Bassist Pino Palladino also performs on the album; Mayer, Jordan, and Palladino had toured the previous year under the name John Mayer Trio and had released a live album, Try!. Studio versions of two of the songs from that album appear on Continuum. The album debuted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200, selling more than 300,186 copies in its first week of sales. It also reached the top-10 of several other countries and sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Upon its release, Continuum received generally positive reviews from critics, and earned Mayer several accolades, including a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 49th Grammy Awards. Rolling Stone named it the 11th best album of 2006; in 2020, they ranked it number 486 on its 2020 updated list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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Rating

3.17

Votes

72

Genres

  • Rock
  • Pop

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Sun Jan 28 2024
4

I don't really have any qualms with John Mayer, but I've never understood the people that paint him as some sort of genius guitarist. This album might as well have been Gravity and 45 minutes of songs that sound like but are not as good as Gravity. 7/10

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Thu Jan 25 2024
2

Transported back to mid 00s pop radio, and not in a good way.

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Thu Jan 25 2024
2

Most of these songs sound like they would work well during the emotional climax of a Hallmark movie.

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Tue Jan 09 2024
1

Bland pop that sounds like bad Christian rock

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Sun Feb 25 2024
5

Calssique John Mayer. Super bon couté 100x

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Wed Jan 10 2024
4

I want to use this space to somewhat publicly apologize to Mr Mayer. I thought I knew all I needed to because room for squares came out in the Kid A/Amnesiac era and around the same time as Blueprint. And I was in college. My mistake because it made me miss this album. He’s got tunes on here and it’s really well produced.

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Sat Jan 13 2024
4

Album was a good fit for my mood yesterday. Thanks for suggesting.

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Wed Jan 24 2024
4

A clear should-have-been in the 1001 list. Mayer's pinnacle as an artist and one of great albums of the 00's

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Sun Jan 28 2024
4

7/10. Yeah, this was a good album, and with enough prominent songs on it that I am surprised that it didn't make the list. Or I would be surprised if I was a naive baby who thought that albums released after the 1st edition of the book in 2005 were likely to be included in subsequent revisions.

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Thu Feb 29 2024
4

While his stuff isn't really my bag, it feels like a necessary addition.

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Thu Feb 29 2024
4

I feel like this is just solid enough to secure 4 stars. It is a consistently good record (if rather samey), and it even manages a few upward spikes into greatness.

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Wed Jan 10 2024
3

The guitar has a funny history, from sharing a body with instruments handcrafted to resonate against human flesh to electric squeal at the limits and back again. Sympathetic strings reduced to simple diagrams and mass-production, well-loved and impossible to escape. It's no surprise that Continuum traffics in natural metaphors. Mayer is not interested in the border with the unmusical, but with success elsewhere and older. The result is a bit plastic, still with heart: A thoroughly modern and easy album, hit fakeouts with twins ultimately not annoying.

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Fri Feb 16 2024
3

I would listen to any of this any time without complaint. I do think he puts his limitations on display in the cover of Bold as Love. In spite of having by many measures a better overall signing voice, he just can't match the emotion and subtle inflection Hendrix brought to the original. Likewise Mayer's perfectly competent, serviceable lyrics don't have anything to match the wild imagination of Anger's "shiny metallic purple armor". Very good, but a little basic.

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Sat Feb 17 2024
3

Mayers music will go with almost any mood. It basically blends in with whatever it is you are doing. Pleasant to the ear and yet pushing no boundary whatsoever. The guy has a good voice: yes. The guy can play guitar: yes. Does he play it on the safe side? Oh yes.

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Sat Feb 17 2024
3

Although I have a weakness for John Mayer, I can't help but think that it is always so neat and tidy and no sharp edges. That's also the case with this album.

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Tue Feb 20 2024
3

John Mayer will always in my head be like "that guy my aunt listened to in the early 2000s" He's very fine and very safe and I struggle to think of anything negative to say about his music.

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Tue Feb 20 2024
3

Okay I can get into some John Mayer now

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Wed Mar 06 2024
3

I like this best when Mayer is rocking out a little, like on Bold as Love. The more polished, smooth stuff that makes up most of the album is good but a little bland. 3 stars.

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Wed Mar 20 2024
3

Not my personal taste, but pleasant listen more or less

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Mon May 06 2024
2

John Mayer can certainly play the guitar, but the songwriting here is so inoffensive and bland that the instrumentals hardly matter. I certainly don’t miss this radio-friendly soft rock era of the early aughts, as it’s so common denominator focused that every track becomes a similar brand of melodic mush designed to be just pleasing enough to be memorable but not so bold as to be offensive. This LP deserves to be forgotten - the list is supposed to be a collection of artistry and creativity, not the place of mainstream mediocrity.

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