Sunday, July 18, 2010

John Mayer: Heavier Things (2003)

(As published in the Times of Acadiana ... )

John Mayer
Heavier Things

The soft-spoken, too-precious introspection persists, but with airy electronics where the acoustic guitar used to be, the burden gets shifted from the words to the hooks, which, thank heaven exist, and which could be ersatz Seal when they’re not ersatz Sting. And although only Seal or Sting fans will likely find these songs “heavier,” “Something’s Missing” and “New Deep” aren’t bad as existentialism for beginners goes. And “Daughters” (gently) pulls the wings off “Butterfly Kisses.” Rating: Three-and-a-half pussycats in the cradle out of five.

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