A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that John Mayer packs a lyrical wallop, in the gentlest of ways. No troubling content here, just really good, thoughtful songwriting.
What's the story?
John Mayer has a way of getting a strong message across in the gentlest of ways, and he does so beautifully on the opening track of CONTINUUM, his third studio album. "Me and all my friends/we're all misunderstood/they say we stand for nothing/and there's no way we ever could/Now we see everything that's going wrong/with the world and those who lead it/We just feel like we don't have the means/To rise above and beat it ... we keep on waiting/waiting for the world to change," he sings. The lyrics give voice to something many young people feel; it's inclusive and gentle while making a vivid point about today's world.
Is it any good?
Combine Mayer's well-written, poetic lyrics with his soulful vocals, superb guitar work, and perfectionist production standards (this is the first time Mayer has produced his own CD, and the loving care shines through on every track), and you've got an exquisite collection. The songs make their point without ever hitting anyone over the head.