Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. This body of work will be a wonderland of hits in time.
  2. Those who just enjoyed the sound and feel of Room for Squares should feel right at home.
  3. An equally available yet more sophisticated album.
  4. Mojo
    70
    As Mayaer talks himself in circles you hear an artist facing massive success, and retreating from it. [Dec 2003, p.112]
  5. Blender
    70
    Like [Norah] Jones, Mayer never lets his personality talk over his elegant melodies, but unlike her, he has range. [Oct 2003, p.112]
  6. Q Magazine
    60
    It's the kind of record you hate yourself for liking. [Dec 2003, p.132]
  7. A sophomore effort that doesn't have as many drawbacks as one might assume.
  8. Overall, ''Heavier Things'' is snappier than, say, a Bruce Hornsby CD, if not as rockin' and emotion-drenched as the latest from Dashboard Confessional.
  9. While he's technically adept at playing the blues, it's perfectly clear the only heartache Mayer knows how to emote comes the morning after a night of hearty partying.
  10. Spin
    50
    Sadly, Mayer's idea of a good time involves hiring jazz musicians to make himself sound like '80s James Taylor. [Dec 2003, p.128]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 68 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 68
  2. Negative: 2 out of 68
  1. Jan 8, 2012
    10
    "Wheel" is one of the best songs ever. This is John Mayer Best album out of the 4(I love all of them). John Mayer has alot of detractors just"Wheel" is one of the best songs ever. This is John Mayer Best album out of the 4(I love all of them). John Mayer has alot of detractors just because he has so many fans but he is a great artist. Blending soft rock with blues, he is amazing. If you like John Mayer try " Justin Nozuka" !!!!! Full Review »
  2. AaronL
    Mar 7, 2007
    10
    Certainly becoming one of my most listened to albums to date... I think its almost worn out now.. haha.. Unreal!!! Every song is like Certainly becoming one of my most listened to albums to date... I think its almost worn out now.. haha.. Unreal!!! Every song is like poetry... John has a true talent when it coms to writing lerics that really mean something... and I'm sure most of us can relate to... BRAVO... I will continue to indulge in this album for many more years... Taking something different from it each time I listen! Full Review »
  3. izata
    Oct 30, 2006
    8
    an okay album.. i've been trying to soak up the melodies n feel the lyrics but i can't... sometimes this albumis boring but an okay album.. i've been trying to soak up the melodies n feel the lyrics but i can't... sometimes this albumis boring but sometimes its great, too... CLARITY is the best.. Full Review »