John Mayer Preview: ‘Battle Studies’ November 4, 2009 — by Roy Bisht and Anoop Galivanche Permalink John Mayer’s new album, “Battle Studies,” is hitting the shelves soon and has quickly become one of the most anticipated albums of the year. Mayer has hinted at yet another reinvention of his style—incorporating a new method of songwriting, and generally changing the approach that he took in his most recent success, “Continuum.” Mayer said it involves advice, observations and lessons that he has learned over the years. Mayer has said he is attempting to experiment with the new approach he is using through this album and gauge the reaction that it gets. Though changing styles after such a successful album may be a risky change, Mayer most likely has the talent to pull it off. One of the most successful blues-rock musicians of his time, he has shown the world that in a musical age of mainly fast-paced music such as hip-hop, rock or pop, that he can still top the charts with slower-paced, bluesy music. With his entertainment credentials, expect the new “observant”-styled album to be a top seller come Nov. 17.