For years now, the words 'John Mayer' have instantly brought on nauseating feelings and nightmares of being trapped on a desert island with only Your Body Is a Wonderland in the CD player. With such negative feelings toward the sappy singer/songwriter, I didn't want to admit that his bluesy 2005 live record was actually kinda good. Well, it's time to come to terms with those reactions, because Mayer's new album is very good. He's officially done with the Dave Matthews rip-offs and saccharine acoustic pop. These days he's living and breathing soul and blues, and his fourth studio LP follows in the footsteps of legendary guitarists like Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Many of Continuum's songs are on the softer, adult alternative side, but his melodic voice, warm production, complex riffs and thoughtful lyrics should cure the violent reactions Mayer's name used to evoke.