Battle Studies by John Mayer

John Mayer’s new album, “Battle Research,” took lots of his followers abruptly. His expertise didn’t shock us, in fact, however fairly his variety in musical fashion. Not solely does it fluctuate all through the album, however it's drastically totally different from different albums. Prior to now, Mayer persistently sang alongside to the smooth strumming of guitars and general had a mellow acoustic fashion, even in his extra upbeat songs.

“Battle Research” surprises followers with a bluesy twist and a extra rugged sound. Solely his soulful lyrics keep true to his roots. In “Fringe of Need,” his highly effective and passionate lyrics (“Don’t say a phrase simply come over and lie right here with me, ’trigger I’m nearly to set hearth to all the things I see”) permit the romantic attributes of his new album to shine by means of.

If you happen to don’t possess eclectic style in music, then “Battle Research” is not going to be a sensible choice.

However when you restrict your self to Mayer’s normal sound, you'll miss out on a smorgasbord of implausible musical nourishment.

I give main props to Mayer for his well-made adjustments on this album, adjustments that present his true expertise and flexibility. His easy, soothing, angelic voice creates a heavenly distinction with the tough and uncooked guitar. One would possibly assume the bluesy guitar would swallow his voice, making it onerous to listen to and masking its softness, however it does fairly the alternative. Mayer’s lyrics stand out boldly towards the tough sounds and harmonizes unbelievably. His sturdy but smooth and highly effective voice enhances the funk and blues of the guitar in an unexpectedly nice approach, type of like the mixture of peanut butter and apples.

“Battle Research” took me abruptly, however in a most nice approach. I commend Mayer for his variety and advocate this album to any listener with eclectic tastes.