November 20, 2009
New Albums: John Mayer and Norah Jones
John Mayer – Battle Studies
I think John Mayer is back on his game. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy Continuum for the most part (in particular, “The Heart of Life” and “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room”), but the album seemed rushed. It seemed as if he was less inspired and more pushed by a label or something.
But Battle Studies comes three years after Continuum, giving Mayer plenty of time to get his groove back. I just think he has a problem with picking first singles. “Waiting on the World to Change,” for example, was the most different and unappealing song of Continuum. I feel the same way about “Who Says” on Battle Studies. I just don’t like it, so I was afraid I wouldn’t like the rest of the album. I actually like it a lot. It’s one of those albums I’m actually excited to buy.
And, what could be better than a song with both John Mayer and Taylor Swift? Okay, sure, I can think of a lot of amazing duos I’d like to see…but this one really works. “Half of My Heart” is my favorite song on Battle Studies, I think. Overall I approve of the album. Welcome back, John.
Pick up Battle Studies today!
Norah Jones – The Fall
Well Norah Jones seemed to Fall off the face of the earth for awhile. (Get it?! It’s punny.) People have told me I look like her. I don’t see the resemblance at all. I don’t know why this would be relevant, either; you don’t know what I look like. Anyway, she hasn’t had an album since her double-platinum super-hit Not Too Late in 2007. I guess that’s not too long of a gap in-between records, but it always seems longer, you know?
The Fall has a little less of her jazzy-folk-type sound and a little more rock and blues. Her voice still sounds great, though. I wonder if she stepped out of her element on purpose as an experiment. I mean, why not? She has tackled the more indie genres successfully, why not try something new? I think “Even Though” is a great example of how she is able to step between genre lines and come out clean.
If you order the deluxe version of The Fall on iTunes you’ll get six bonus songs that are live recordings from a performance at The Living Room in New York City. Honestly, her voice sounds flawless; the songs could be studio recordings and you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. I love when artists are able to sing well and comfortably live. Michael Bublé has that talent, also. He always sounds perfect live. But, I digress.
Check out The Fall, available now!
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