John Mayer - "Heavier Things"

Published: Wednesday, October 1, 2003 at 2:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 1, 2003 at 2:30 p.m.

Aside from a re-release of his demo album, John Mayer hasn't released anything new in about two years, so the release of his sophomore endeavor, "Heavier Things," is a much-anticipated (at least by his fans) follow-up to the breakout success of "No Such Thing."

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"Heavier Things" album cover

Listeners will enjoy the stories Mayer tells through candid - sometimes angst-filled, sometimes buoyant - lyrics. Longtime fans may not enjoy how produced a lot of the tracks sound. If you're a fan of his live music and raw guitar solos, then a few of the tracks (including "Bigger Than My Body," his first single) may be a bit disappointing. But for the most part, Mayer's originality and range of talent shine through.

In true John Mayer style, tracks "Split Screen Sadness" and "Only Heart" play to the romantic in us all, yet somehow remain genuine, not sappy. "Something's Missing" and "Wheel" are moody and intense in a coy way. His soul-searching songs, "New Deep" and "Bigger Than My Body" are a lot like "No Such Thing," the first single he released from his first album. Mayer promises that there's more to life, and he's bound to find out just what it of these days.

With only 10 tracks, "Heavier Things" is a short, but enjoyable listen. It's a noble effort by Mayer to give his fans something new. Even his most devoted can only hear "Your Body is a Wonderland" so many times. If you're looking for a more raw, unprocessed John Mayer, this isn't it. But if you're craving a CD with great guitar and lyrics that run a little deeper than most others, "Heavier Things" is a good choice.

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