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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that these songs are a "must" for aspiring young poets. John Mayer's visual storytelling and fine musicianship are well worth a second (and third, and fourth) listen.
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What's the story?
John Mayer has the rare ability to freeze a moment in time and reveal its depth. He is a visual and emotional songwriter who lets us see the pillows on the bed -- or the sulking sweetheart -- with deft strokes of his clever pen. HEAVIER THINGS makes his poetic skills apparent, offering lines like \"You know you're not a quick forgive -- And I won't sleep through this -- I survive on the breath you are finished with\" (from \"Come Back to Bed\") or \"And you love like your hand's on the horn, baby -- I adore you but there's a hole in the cup that should hold your love -- if you let me leave I swear I never will\" (from \"Only Heart\"). If at times he gets the teensiest bit overwrought or preachy (as in \"Daughters\") -- well, he's allowed.
Is it any good?
As a whole, this CD all works: beautiful imagery, heartfelt emotion, deft storytelling, and exceptional musicianship. Mayer saves himself, more than once and with admirable skill, from over-the-top drippiness with a welcome edge of self-deprecation. Although there is no questionable or disturbing content at all, the emotional wallop will be felt most intensely by teenagers.