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  • Summary: The eighth full-length studio release for the pop singer-songwriter was co-produced with Don Was.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jul 16, 2021
    80
    His performance style is just affectless enough that he’s always tended to be more of a heart-tugger than tearjerker. And yet there’s a real pathos at the bottom of these era-specific arrangements that lends itself to the idea that a lonely boy might seek solace from the troubles of today in the musical comfort food of the yacht-rock era. All of which is to say: The damn thing kind of works.
  2. 80
    It is by all means a stimulating body of work with ample substance, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Less focused on his innate individuality, it’s a John Mayer passion project that toasts to the good old days, when musicians were more inclined to follow instincts and feelings than clicks and likes.
  3. Jul 16, 2021
    80
    Mayer’s songs about bruised male egos, damaged hearts and hard-earned life lessons conjure up slow motion sequences from a long-lost John Hughes movie. It really is Some Kind of Wonderful.
  4. Jul 15, 2021
    70
    Uniting these different moods, and the different styles in which Mayer dabbles, is the effortless warmth in his voice, which never puts too much weight behind his heartbreak or his happiness. He sings like a man who knows his place in the world.
  5. Jul 27, 2021
    70
    Sob Rock is a pleasant album whose thematic '80s affections add some stylistic flair to Mayer's laid-back songs.
  6. Jul 16, 2021
    61
    The truth is he could have amped it up in both departments—more hunger to prove himself beyond his influences, more fearlessness to work outside his comfort zone. Even if this is one of his stronger albums, the whole thing feels self-consciously minor.
  7. Jul 21, 2021
    40
    In places, like “Carry Me Away,” the triumph of the arrangement is potent enough to cloak the brittle lyrical bones it sits upon. But in general, Mayer’s songwriting is resistant to even the most thorough gussying up. And even at its most robust, “Sob Rock” is placid, never doing more than winking.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
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  1. Jul 16, 2021
    10
    From the track listing to the order of the songs. Everything fits in perfectly. This is a movie more than an album. "Shouldn't Matter But ItFrom the track listing to the order of the songs. Everything fits in perfectly. This is a movie more than an album. "Shouldn't Matter But It Does" hits so good, and just sets you up to feel the pain and sob rock. Expand
  2. Jul 19, 2021
    10
    Heartfelt, crisp and on par for John Mayer fine guitar work, soft vocals and production,. You may want to listen to it a few times it's addicting!
  3. Jul 16, 2021
    10
    Amazing! 40 minutes long but it is not enough. I could hear it over and over again.
  4. Jul 18, 2021
    9
    Great album! The idea is solid, solos are amazing as usual and the 80's vibe is amazing. You can see clear Dire Straits, Lionel Richie andGreat album! The idea is solid, solos are amazing as usual and the 80's vibe is amazing. You can see clear Dire Straits, Lionel Richie and Phil Collins references, with some spice. Doesn't invest much on individual songs, and the album becomes less appealing because of this. As a fan, I'm satisfied :) Expand
  5. Jul 19, 2021
    9
    Great feel good album, just relax and enjoy. The track "wild Blue" is really great !
  6. Jul 17, 2021
    7
    As a huge John's fan (f.e. i listened Still Feel Like Your Man 700 times. True story!) I really had great expectations. Last Train Home was aAs a huge John's fan (f.e. i listened Still Feel Like Your Man 700 times. True story!) I really had great expectations. Last Train Home was a great single so my expectations even grew. Finally, i am satisfied. I think its a great "guilty pleasure" album, the one which you probably wont show to your friends because the songs are to clichy (Why You No Love Me,cmon). Expand

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