John Mayer to release Battle Studies

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
By Julie Wiegan
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Three years after releasing Continuum, John Mayer returns with his fourth studio album Battle Studies on November 17, 2009 for Columbia Records. The seven-time Grammy winner’s new release incorporates the warmth, melodies and simplicity of 70’s and 80’s California rock/pop. Battle Studies is a confessional, relaxed and liberated album that was recorded in a private home in California where Mayer lived and worked over the course of six months before wrapping at the famed Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.

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“I approach music like a director doing a period piece,” says Mayer. “Where Continuum was R&B and Soul, Battle Studies was written with the timelessness of Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac and Neil Young in mind. The melodies and message are concise and from-the-gut with the efficiency of simplicity.”

The first single, “Who Says” challenges conventional standards of what one can accomplish or undertake in spite of society’s constraints. The album also showcases universal themes on “Heartbreak Warfare,” “Assassin,” and “War of My Life,” while flexing guitar chops on “Rock Song,” and a reinterpretation of “Crossroads.” Look for a collaboration with Taylor Swift on “Half of My Heart.”


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