Mayer Follows 'Squares' With 'Heavier Things'
John Mayer will issue his sophomore studio album, "Heavier Things," Sept. 9 through Aware/Columbia. The set will be preceded by the single "Bigger Than My Body," due to arrive at U.S. radio outlets inJohn Mayer will issue his sophomore studio album, "Heavier Things," Sept. 9 through Aware/Columbia. The set will be preceded by the single "Bigger Than My Body," due to arrive at U.S. radio outlets in early August, with a video to follow shortly after.
"Heavier Things" was produced and mixed by Jack Joseph Puig (Sheryl Crow, No Doubt). To facilitate recording the majority of the set in Mayer's new home of New York, Puig transferred two truckloads of equipment from his Los Angeles home base to Gotham's Avatar studios. Puig formerly worked at the facility on Eric Clapton's 1989 album "Journeyman."
"The studio has a great vibe that allowed me to focus all my energies on creating my music," Mayer said in a statement. "We were able to really concentrate on the performance." Only vintage analog equipment was utilized during the recording process. The set was completed at Puig's Ocean Way studio in Los Angeles.
Along with "Bigger Than My Body," the album features several songs Mayer have become familiar with through his live performances. Among those tracks are "Daughters," "Come Back To Bed" and "Something's Missing."
On Monday, Mayer kicked off a co-headlining tour with Counting Crows in Denver. The pairing plays George, Wash., tonight (July 11) and will be on the road through a Sept. 2 show in Charlotte, N.C.
"Heavier Things" is the follow-up to 2001's "Room for Squares," which peaked at No. 8 on The Billboard 200. The set featured the single "Your Body Is a Wonderland," which earlier this year won the Grammy award for best male pop vocal performance. The track was a hit on several of Billboard's singles charts, reaching No. 3 on the Adult Top 40 tally and No. 18 on the Hot 100.