john mayer-battle studies-john emms cd reviews
JOHN MAYER is one of the most misunderstood and brilliant musicians of his generation. An incredible guitarist and gifted songwriter Mayer recordings always display craft over guitar heroics. This can be frustrating for fans of his fiery chops.
Battle Studies his new cd continues this trend. Everything on this Cd screams solid songwriting and excellent vocal work. Tracks like Heartbreak Warfare, the folky Who Says, and the George Harrison influence on Friends Lovers or Nothing are understated gems of love won or lost. Perfectly Lonely has a great R & B groove, and his cover of Crossroads is bang on. Gorgeous production values and superb stickwork from from Steve Jordan and in the pocket bass work from Pino Palladino emphasize the class of this recording.