A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
What's the story?
Singer-songwriter John Mayer is in the news again -- only this time it's for his latest album BATTLE STUDIES, not his high-profile relationships with stars like Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Simpson. The majority of songs here, including the duet "Half of My Heart" with young country superstar Taylor Swift, describe a push-and-pull between wanting to be in a meaningful romantic relationship and yearning to be free of commitment. Though Mayer explores this in a somewhat more mature and complex way than all the bubblegum popsters out there, his lyrics still remain largely free of adult language and graphic descriptions of sex or substances. For example: "You get in, you get done and then you get gone / You never leave a trace, or show your face, you get gone / Should've turned around and left before the sun came up again / But the sun came up again."
Is it any good?
Though John Mayer releases his fair share of simple, radio-friendly pop, he's actually an accomplished guitarist, having performed with the likes of guitar wizards Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Charlie Hunter, and others. Mayer's guitar talents show through on this album in songs such as "Friends, Lovers, or Nothing," "Perfectly Lonely," and "Assassin." In a general sense, the record is a lot like previous Mayer releases, with plenty of songs that are both easy enough for radio yet sound above the fray, thanks largely to Mayer's guitar chops and velvety vocals.