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Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Positive messages that are gentle, yet solid.

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Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Some strong, clear, but gentle messages about caring for the world and one another.


An anti-violence message, if anything.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

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Adult Written bySerenity Now April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written byvictorfavero April 9, 2008


This is, without question, one of the greatest albums ever made. I could listen to John Mayer all day. "Waiting on the World to Change" is my 2nd favo... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

Good CD For All Ages!

This CD is for anyone. It is clean music.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the message in "Waiting on the World to Change." Do you agree that young people are too disillusioned to be politically active? "Stop This Train" might trigger discussion about aging relatives.

Music details

  • Artist: John Mayer
  • Release date: September 12, 2006
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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