Saturday, November 21, 2009
“I’m too young to be that dependable,” he continued. “I don’t want to be that dependable. Something pendulous has to happen. If I’m as self-aware as I say I am, then I would probably know that pretty soon, there’s going to have to be a wrench thrown somewhere so that the momentum keeps moving forward.”
That wrench is not in “Battle Studies,” Mr. Mayer’s fourth album, which, despite its persistent pessimism, remains polite and affable, vulnerable enough to ensure that his female fans — and those are the ones who count — won’t stray. His sweet voice is intact, as is the immediately accessible soft blues-rock he has practically trademarked.