Heavier Things

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Honest, vivid songwriting; excellent musicianship.

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Positive Messages

There are gently positive messages throughout this CD.


The artist's only conflicts seem to be with himself.


There is no explicit sexuality; there's one song of sweet post-argument longing, called "Come Back to Bed."


All poetry, all the time


No obvious commercial tie-ins or references.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There are no references to drugs, cigarettes, or alcohol.

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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Written byAnonymous June 12, 2011

Nice album: hit and win!

I got the DualDisc edition and I was HOOKED on it! Mayer's vocals are beautiful and the album's awesome. There's no profanity besides a couple of... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byShelbyBubbles April 9, 2008


Heavier Things is a pretty good album. It isn't, however, a kids album. There really isn't anything wrong with it, but I don't think the slow bal... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how important words can be in songs. Consider how the poetry of this artist opens up both the visual and the emotional. Listeners might even try writing their own poetry or songs.

Music details

  • Artist: John Mayer
  • Release date: September 9, 2003
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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