Mayer‚Äôs frustrations with the things he cannot control ‚ÄĒ love, war, aging ‚ÄĒ are all over 2006‚Äôs 'Continuum.' While waiting for the world to change, Mayer used 'Continuum' to transform the things he did have control over: his sound, his image and his role in the music industry. Before the album, was a pop heartthrob ruling radio with love songs, catchy choruses and a voice that felt like a boyfriend pillow. There‚Äôs a reason why, later in his career, Mayer has chosen to take Shawn Mendes under his wing: it‚Äôs because he used to be him. With 'Continuum,' Mayer peeled off a layer of pop hunkery to prove he could cry the blues as well as his idols Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton.