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John Mayer - Heavier Things


Format: CD
Label: SONY
Catalog: 86185
Rel. Date: 09/09/2003
UPC: 696998618527

Heavier Things
Artist: John Mayer
Format: CD
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''Heavier Things'' is the second studio album by American musician John Mayer, released September 9, 2003 on Columbia Records in the United States. The title of the album itself is a subtle response to certain criticism of Mayer's music. The album debuted at number 1 on the U.S. ''Billboard 200'' chart, selling 317,000 copies in its first week. Despite some negative criticism towards Mayer's songwriting, ''Heavier Things'' received generally positive reviews from most music critics, based on an aggregate score of 67/100 from Metacritic. - Wikipedia

John Mayer is singing about a relationship when he declares at the start of his latest album that "I will wait to find if this will last forever... and it won't because it can't (It's not supposed to)." But that sentiment could well apply to his musical situation, too. Heavier Things is the unenviable follow-up to a massive success-in this case Mayer's triple-platinum, Grammy-winning 2001 major label debut Room for Squares, which established him not only as a sensitive singer-songwriter but also as a pop music hottie with a substantial percentage of swooning girls in his audience. That kind of following can prove ephemeral, however, so Heavier Things has the weighty task of establishing Mayer's musical merit as paramount. And it does. The ten songs here sport more ambitious arrangements and even richer textures and moods. The musicianship remains stellar, with guitarist Mayer and his touring band clearly inspired by top-shelf guests such as trumpeter Roy Hargrove, saxophonist Jerry Hay, percussionist Lenny Castro and drummers Matt Chamberlain, Steve Jordan and the Roots' ?uestlove; Mayer has also added a subtle rasp to his vocals, which recalls Peter Gabriel and Dave Matthews. His songs continue to trawl the emotional minefield of relationships and self-awareness, but with rocking force on "Only Heart," grooving soulfulness on "Bigger Than My Body" and "Something's Missing," airy ambience on "Home Life" and "Split Screen Sadness," and with gentle wistfulness on the lightly rolling album closer "Wheel." With much to gain and to lose, Mayer has clearly recognized that the trappings of success are "just a lie you've got to rise above" and has fittingly elevated himself on Heavier Things.

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