Every now and then, the planets align, the stars shine bright, the heaven and earth become one, and a perfect album is made. That’s how I feel about John Mayer’s Continuum. To me, it is a perfect blend of blues, soul, and pop. It is a record that I can put on repeat and let play from start to end and not skip a track. On top of it all, sonically speaking, it’s simply amazing. I have always been a huge John Mayer fan, and he definitely hit it out of the park on this one. The guitar tones on the record are jaw dropping. It has guitar players everywhere including myself trying to find out his secrets.
Continuum is the third studio album by John Mayer, released late in the year 2006 on Columbia Records. Recording sessions for the album took place during November 2005 to September 2006 at The Village Recorder in Los Angeles, California, Avatar Studios and Right Track/Sound on Sound in New York City, and Royal Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Production was handled primarily by Mayer and Steve Jordan the drummer for the John Mayer trio. This album marked a huge change in Mayer’s musical approach and style, and incorporated musical elements of blues and soul more heavily than his previous work with pop-rock.
The album debuted at number 2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 300,186 copies in its first week. It also reached the top-ten in several other countries, selling over 3 million copies worldwide. Upon its release, Continuum received generally positive reviews from most music critics and earned Mayer several accolades, including a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 49th Grammy Awards. Rolling Stone magazine named it the eleventh best album of 2006. But on a personal chart its amongst my top 3 albums of all time.