John Mayer’s Battle Studies will be released on November 17th, 2009 on Columbia Records. The seven-time Grammy Award winner’s fourth studio album was co-produced by John Mayer and Steve Jordan and debuts three years after his critically acclaimed 2006 album, Continuum. Incorporating the warmth, melodies and simplicity of 70’s and 80’s California rock/pop, Battle Studies is a confessional, relaxed and liberated album 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.

The album’s first single, “Who Says” (see videoclip) challenges conventional standards of what one can accomplish or undertake — despite society’s constraints. Battle Studies 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.” The famously collaborative guitar player also invited one of music’s brightest new talents, Taylor Swift, to appear on “Half of My Heart.”

“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.”

john-mayer-battle-studies

John Mayer – Battle Studies
CD | label: Columbia Records | release date: 17 November 2009

Tracks:
01. Heartbreak Warfare
02. All We Ever Do Is Say Goodbye
03. Half of My Heart
04. Who Says
05. Perfectly Lonely
06. Assassin
07. Crossroads
08. War of My Life
09. Edge of Desire
10. Do You Know Me
11. Friends, Lovers or Nothing

Website John Mayer : www.johnmayer.com | www.myspace.com/johnmayer