mmm... More of these please
John Mayer - Battle Studies
My dear, this album is wonderful. Note that I say that with hesitation your ego will further inflate and sadly outshine your talent as a musician.
John Mayer presents his fourth studio album after an exhaustive three year wait filled with an unsatisfying increase in his public persona and probe into personal life. The newest album to get you through any heartache is ‘Battle Studies’ and it is no secret which friend broke his heart. A step away from the blues influenced ‘Continuum’ and into the seductive simplicity of 80s pop this record validates John Mayer’s success showcasing his talent as an admirable singer, songwriter, musician and producer. Though almost every song is about lost love and heartbreak and the resulting, one welcome constant is the hope that lingers in the air. His growth as an artist with each album is a reflection upon his growth as a man. Mayer shares his deeply contemplated concepts on love transparently as he knows it and not as a matter of fact. Yes he may have lost creativity with the cover image (remember a certain Michael Buble photograph?), it has not gone astray in his music. This album is terrific to heal the heart or relax with and any fan should definitely join his journey and buy a copy. Personal favourites include ‘Edge of Desire’ for its beautiful emotive clout, light-hearted ‘Perfectly Lonely’, and self-affirming ‘Who Says’. Thankfully this album is not a replica of his previous works or anything mainstream presently; it is an extension of Mayer and the enviable talent that exists.
Taylor Swift - Fearless
The next best thing to positively influence the young and young at heart since the Olsen twins is Taylor Swift. This incredible songstress has a positive affinity and astonishing talent. With wholesome and catchy lyrics and a perfect mix of country/pop melodies this album is a staple of 2009 with multiple award wins to prove it. Forget pumping the too cool for school beats at the traffic lights it’s hard to deviate from channelling your younger playful self once you get going. Sure it may not be the most lyrically sophisticated and emotionally convoluted to earn respect from everyone but it is more than just fun entertainment. This album successfully takes you through all the emotions of a teenager and surprise it’s not that different to that of an adult. Just a little less guarded and more care-free and emotionally influenced than a drawn out thought process. Her singles ‘Love Story’, ‘You Belong With Me’, and the latest ‘Fifteen’ are definitely the stand out tracks but also note ‘Breathe’ with special appearance from Colbie Caillat and ‘You’re Not Sorry’. This is a fantastic album from a beautiful young artist with a lot of promise.