John Mayer goes heavy on his soulful side on his new studio album, “Continuum,” due Sept. 12 via Columbia. The album was recorded in multiple sessions over the past year with the help of producer Steve Jordan, who also serves as the drummer in Mayer’s trio with bassist Pino Palladino.
First single “Waiting for the World To Change” is off to a sizzling start at radio and is No. 3 this week on Billboard Radio Monitor’s triple-A chart.
“This one is a reflection of where I am and where I think I’ll be also,” Mayer tells Billboard in an interview to be published in this Friday’s issue of the magazine. “This record is mood and soul music and blues music; these things don’t go anywhere for me. So hopefully, there’s a little bit of that mentality, a little bit of that essence that will staple the songs into whatever time I find myself in.”
Tracks include “Vultures” and “Gravity,” which appeared on the John Mayer Trio’s 2005 live album “Try!,” plus a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Bold As Love.”
“Continuum” is the follow-up to 2003’s “Heavier Things,” which has sold 2.7 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its multiformat hit “Daughters” won Mayer the best male pop vocal performance award as well as song of the year honors at the 2004 Grammys.
Mayer will begin a co-headlining tour with Sheryl Crow Aug. 24 outside Pittsburgh.