Heavier Things (album) by John Mayer
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The best album by John Mayer is Continuum which is ranked number 608 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 4,343.
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I think that this album is the dark horse of his catalogue so far. Not as eclectic, soulful, or engaging as Continuum, but a solid record nonetheless. It moves so effortlessly that you can't help but submit to its charm. The music is clearly at the forefront here, but the lyrics also make their case as simple yet relatable, cool yet contemplative. I'll admit that some of the songs are a little "wordy," but they don't detract too heavily from the soothing soundscapes and overall tone of the album. Looking back on it now, this was definitely a step in the right direction for his career. I'm excited to see and hear what he does next
John Mayer gave a great talk at Berklee about the songwriting process. One of the points he made was that, just as singers can "over sing," and guitarists can "over play," writers can "over write." This album is a great example of a writer "over writing." He's clearly a talented guitarist and songwriter, and I do like this album. But he just can't seem to stop himself from overwrought turns of phrase (e.g. "don't leave me ninety-eight and six degrees of separation from you"). He might be capable of a great album if he could follow his own advice and edit himself a bit.
I was disappointed when I listened to this album, it sounds like he phoned it in. To make matters worse, many of the songs lack the charm and catchiness that made his debut a mainstay for feel-good car rides. John is finally talking about more serious topics, a stepping stone for Continuum, but his base insight only hurts him here. "Bigger Than My Body" "Daughters" and "Only Heart" keep the album afloat.
Some great songs, but a mediocre listen overall.
I wish I could sound this sincere when I write. John Mayer truly is the King of love letter BS. There are tons of ideas for love letters on this record! "I survive on the breath you are finished with". Damnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!