Heavier Things [DualDisc]

Heavier Things [DualDisc]

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by John Mayer
     
 

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Don't take the title of John Mayer's Heavier Things literally. Mayer offers nothing heavy on the follow-up to his breakthrough hit, Room for Squares -- nothing heavy in the music and nothing heavy in the lyrics. No, Mayer is smooth, slick, and streamlined on his second or third album (it all depends if you count his 1999 debut, Inside Wants Out, half ofSee more details below

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Don't take the title of John Mayer's Heavier Things literally. Mayer offers nothing heavy on the follow-up to his breakthrough hit, Room for Squares -- nothing heavy in the music and nothing heavy in the lyrics. No, Mayer is smooth, slick, and streamlined on his second or third album (it all depends if you count his 1999 debut, Inside Wants Out, half of which was re-recorded for Room for Squares, which itself was released in two different incarnations), playing things straight and following the blueprint provided by his big radio hit "Your Body Is a Wonderland." The title Heavier Things does reflect his new directness, lacking the lithe playfulness that resulted in a Hank Mobley joke, of all things, for an album title last time out. That extends to the rest of the album -- the humor and interesting wordplay have been toned down, leaving very little ambiguity. Actually, there's little left unexplained on the record, with every song spread across several grids explaining where they were written and how many beats-per-minute they are, breaking them down into keywords, charting what "suggested target points" on the body the song should hit (tellingly, not one track is targeted at the crotch), and even grouping the songs together by key. The latter is a bit of a mistake, since it shows that for all those jazzy major and minor seventh chords gliding by in his songs, he's keeping his songwriting pretty simple, sticking to D, E, F, G, and A, with a G minor thrown in for good measure. This, of course, is not really a problem for listeners, since most listeners don't care how a song is written as long as it sounds good, but this does confirm that he's kept things simple, concentrating on how the record sounds and feels. And, as a piece of mood music, this is really quite effective, delivering on how "Your Body Is a Wonderland" sounds, with some really nice, lush, laid-back textures and songs that are melodic without being truly catchy. It's music that floats through the speakers nicely and never leaves much of a lasting impression; it's how a jazzier, laid-back, less adventurous, and MOR-oriented Dave Matthews would sound. Mayer is now more of a record-maker than a songwriter, which will undoubtedly dishearten those who liked the song-oriented Inside Wants Out, but those who just enjoyed the sound and feel of Room for Squares should feel right at home. [The album was also released in a DualDisc version. It featured surround sound and bonus multimedia content.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2005
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969390320
catalogNumber:
93903

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Clarity  - John Mayer
  2. Bigger Than My Body  - John Mayer
  3. Something's Missing  - John Mayer
  4. New Deep  - John Mayer
  5. Come Back to Bed  - John Mayer
  6. Home Life  - John Mayer
  7. Split Screen Sadness  - John Mayer
  8. Daughters  - John Mayer
  9. Only Heart  - John Mayer
  10. Wheel  - John Mayer

Disc 2

  1. Clarity  - John Mayer
  2. Bigger Than My Body  - John Mayer
  3. Something's Missing  - John Mayer
  4. New Deep  - John Mayer
  5. Come Back to Bed  - John Mayer
  6. Home Life  - John Mayer
  7. Split Screen Sadness  - John Mayer
  8. Daughters  - John Mayer
  9. Only Heart  - John Mayer
  10. Wheel  - John Mayer
  11. Bonus Material

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Mayer   Primary Artist
Roy Hargrove   Trumpet
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
J.J. Johnson   Drums
David LaBruyere   Bass
Greg Leisz   Lap Steel Guitar
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Jerry Hay   Trumpet
Steve Jordan   Drums

Technical Credits

Jeffrey Frederick   Producer
David LaBruyere   Composer
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Jack Joseph Puig   Engineer
Chapman Baehler   Cover Photo
Sam Erickson   Director
John Mayer   Composer
Ross Peterson   Engineer
Kryssy Bloch   Creative Services Coordinator
Joseph Roeder   Creative Services Coordinator
Piero Giramonti   Producer
Marc Stecker   Authoring
Harold Ladino   Creative Services Coordinator
Richard J. Alcock   Producer
Calvin Aurand   Producer
Cheryl Frohlich   Producer
Jacklyn Jablkowski   Producer
Galea McGregor   Producer

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