Continuum is considered by many to be John Mayer’s strongest body of work. Even many of those who do not consider themselves to be fans know several of the songs from this album and many still have appreciation for this album. Recently this year Continuum turned 10 years old and today I bring to you my review for Throwback Thursday.
Waiting On The World To Change – Perhaps one of his most known songs, this track is also one of his catchiest. With a smooth bluesy track and a somehow pessimistic-optimistic perspective on life this track is great.
I Dont Trust Myself (With Loving You) – This track has a groovy instrumental that’s swoonworthy to say the least. It gives it an overall atmospheric feel to it that’s great. Definitely a highlight of the album.
Belief – This song isn’t as strong as it’s two predecessors but it’s still nice as a stand-alone track. While the instrumental and melodies of this track are not as great as the others, this song’s lyricism does not lessen to it’s peers.
Gravity – This song’s title matches it’s general feel. It feels as though you’re caught within a gravitational pull slowly falling. To say that this track is a highlight of his career would not be an understatement.
The Heart Of Life – John picks up the pace a bit in this song with strong melodies, arguably some of the best up to this point in this album. The guitar is amazingly orchestrated and somehow makes one not even realize that there is no bassline or percussion in this track.
Vultures – John Mayer makes use of his upper register in this track and his vocals truly shine in this track. It’s definitely not one of the best on the album but vocally is a highlight for the album especially within the chorus.
Stop This Train – A personal favorite lyrically, this track is beautiful. Musically it’s not the best on the album but it’s lyrical content speaks louder.
Slow Dancing In a Burning Room – This track is nice but not great. However, it does feature some of the best guitar work on the entire album.
Bold As Love – Honestly this track is probably the weakest on the album. Everything about this track seems filler and at this point feels exhausting. Being one of the most uptempo tracks on the album you’d expect a song that would leave a lasting impression but it just falls short. It feels very run of the mill and the only redeeming qualities of this track is it’s bridge and backing vocals.
Dreaming With A Broken Heart – This track is the only track that makes use of a piano on the album and immediately catches ones attention. The secondary instruments blend in in an organic-like way and make this track one of the best tracks on the album.
In Repair – This track is predominantly organ driven and it doesn’t let down. It’s also one of the highlights of the album. It’s an uptempo track that could be considered one of the best tracks instrumentally on the album if not the best, and while it’s the longest track on the album. You do not even notice it.
I’m Gonna Find Another – John Mayer ends the album with a beautiful retro ballad that bears resemblance to Nothing Compares To You.
HIGHLIGHTS: I Don’t Trust Myself With Loving You, Gravity, Stop This Train, Slow Dancing In A Burning Room.
Continuum is a great album that holds up ten years later. Is it overated? Maybe a bit, but it is a nice album nonetheless. While at times the album gets somewhat bland it overall is a very strong effort.