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Heavier Things [John Mayer (Adult Alternative)]

  • 1. Clarity
    2. Bigger Than My Body
    3. Something's Missing
    4. New Deep
    5. Come Back to Bed
    6. Home Life
    7. Split Screen Sadness
    8. Daughters
    9. Only Heart
    10. Wheel
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 86185

  • Credits
    ProducerJack Joseph Puig
    EngineerLars Fox; Chris Steffen; Ross Peterson; Jack Joseph Puig; Chad Franscoviak

    Personnel: John Mayer (vocals, guitar); Jerry Hay (trumpet); ?uestlove (drums); Larry Castro, Lenny Castro (percussion); Michael Chaves (guitar); Greg Leisz (lap steel guitar); Dan Higgins (saxophone); Roy Hargrove (trumpet); Jamie Muhoberac (keyboards); Steve Jordan , J.J. Johnson , Matt Chamberlain (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Jack Joseph Puig.
    Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY; Ocean Way, Hollywood, CA.
    Photographer: Danny Clinch.
    With the experience of a Grammy-winning, major-label debut under his belt and the requisite pop stardom that goes with it, John Mayer continues forging a steadily impressive musical canon with his third full-length outing, HEAVIER THINGS. Like the introspective musings of fellow, mellow pop singer-songwriters such as Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson, Mayer's songs delve into the subtleties of relationships and their accompanying navel-gazing. "Bigger Than My Body" finds him not only on a search for self, but sounding like Matthews with his hint of falsetto, as "Something's Missing" does much the same on a bed of swirling guitar and the occasionally chiming chord. As for the fairer sex, there's the requisite pleading found within the confines of the bluesy "Come Back to Bed," and the realization of loving someone with emotional baggage in "Daughters," which stems from childhood issues. All is not entirely dour, however, as this former Berkley School of Music student includes a pair of more up-tempo cuts--"Clarity," the hip-hop-brushed opener featuring jazz great Roy Hargrove and Roots drummer ?uestlove Thompson, and the hook-filled pop nugget "Only Heart." Packed with such emotional heft, it's no wonder John Mayer went with the title HEAVIER THINGS.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (12/25/03, p.108) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2003"
    Rolling Stone (10/2/03, p.116) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...With his follow-up [to ROOM FOR SQUARES], Mayer offers an equally available yet more sophisticated album...Most of these tracks proceed more subtly, with an emphasis on interior life..."
    Q (12/03, p.132) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...'Clarity' rejoices in falsetto wailing and excellent jazz trumpet..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (12/03, p.112) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Mayer's progress is an open book, deep thoughts and all."
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