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Battle Studies

EMAILPRINTby John Mayer

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7.6 User Score:

Generally favorable reviews

Based on 8 critic reviews
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Album Info

Label: Sony

Release Date: 17 November 2009

Discs: 1 disc

Genre(s): Rock, Pop

Summary

The singer-songwriter's latest album was co-produced with Steve Jordan.

What The Critics Said

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79

Billboard.com

While the artist has raised some eyebrows by asking, "Who says I can't get stoned?" (on the album's first single, 'Who Says'), the rest of the collection certainly has the goods to eclipse that overblown controversy.

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70

Boston Globe

Even when the proceedings threaten to get turgid, the intimacy of Mayer’s expression never wavers, and in many ways that’s the album’s greatest victory.

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70

Sputnikmusic

Battle Studies, by comparison is relaxed and laid back, it’s feet in the air and stripped of extravagance with Mayer simply doing his thang with ease and pazazz.

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67

Entertainment Weekly

Battle Studies is, for the most part, status quo Mayeromics — an expertly calibrated study in soft-pedal confessions, searching lyricism, and mildly groovy guitar licks.

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63

Los Angeles Times

That deficit [of passion] leaves many of the songs strangely uninvolving, despite the beauty of his melodies and empathetic production he and drummer Steve Jordan have given them.

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60

Rolling Stone

Battle Studies is terrific when Mayer drops the seriousness, pondering and sending up his reputation as a rake.

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50

Hartford Courant

His vocals here are mostly murmurs, and the musical accompaniment, though skillful throughout, lacks the punch of his previous albums.

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40

The Guardian

Mayer's talents are obvious, but there's so much more cheese than charm here that he would seem like a hard sell outside the Billboard heartland.

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What Our Users Said

The average user rating for this album is 7.6 (out of 10) based on 12 User Votes

Note: User votes are NOT included in the Metascore calculation.

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