John Mayer's previous album, the breakout set "Room for Squares," peaked at No. 8 on The Billboard 200 nearly two years after its release.

John Mayer's previous album, the breakout set "Room for Squares," peaked at No. 8 on The Billboard 200 nearly two years after its release. Now armed with a Grammy Award, Mayer delivers a new album, "Heavier Things," which firmly establishes him as a legitimate—albeit still puppy-eyed—singer/songwriter. While "Heavier Things" does not "scream at the top of my lungs" with commercial zingers like "Squares" track "No Such Thing," it does find Mayer delivering quietly charming musicianship and heartfelt lyrics. He layers his latest single, "Bigger Than My Body," with a jubilant guitar line and the sincere plea that someday he will "be so damn much more" than his current self. An ode to simple comforts, "Home Life" ironically recalls the score behind "American Beauty," while "Daughters" is a sweet lullaby to women—many of which are likely to continue to swoon to Mayer's musings.—SA

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