Sob Rock

John Mayer - Sob Rock
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2021 Ratings: #699 / 741
User Score
Based on 340 ratings
2021 Ratings: #1009
Liked by 19 people
July 16, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
Pop Rock, Soft Rock / Genres
Don Was, John Mayer / Producer
johnmayer.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
NME
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.
80
The Telegraph

What makes Sob Rock more than empty pastiche is the superb quality of the songwriting.

70
Rolling Stone
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.
70
AllMusic

Sob Rock is a pleasant album whose thematic '80s affections add some stylistic flair to Mayer's laid-back songs.

61
Pitchfork

Sob Rock is the sound of a man alone in his success. Even if this is one of John Mayer’s stronger albums, the whole thing feels self-consciously minor.

60
The Independent

It’s genuinely enjoyable. Fairly forgettable. A pleasant enough middle-lane trip down what Mayer – with knowing cliché – calls “the highway of dreams”.

45
Spectrum Culture
Mayer manages to pack his newest album with dry lyricism while maintaining the same sonic palette, but this time with a handful of musical flourishes that offer glimpses of something unique.
40
The Young Folks

If anything, Sob Rock achieves its sonic goals too well and is so blatantly dated that it doesn’t have any charm. Mayer comes off not as a tribute to his heroes but more just him being a copycat.

R1v3r__
30

i hate you so much goddamn it

prets
83

love this LP

Music_Nerds
72

Look I didn’t hate this but I would say that it’s definitely the ridiculously tasteful guitar work by John Mayer that’s carrying the entire album.

Look, Sob Rock’ has a vibe for sure and knows how to stay in it’s own lane but absolutely feels at it’s most meaningful when the moody blues guitar moments come to light and are allowed to shine but for such a guitar-centric album and artist these moments are too few and far between.

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5

"i want you in the worst way/is the gate code still your birthday"
what a fucking creep. just go listen to bruce hornsby if you want music that sounds like this.

Yo
75

bop but kinda shallow

vvvaves
95

A perfect dose of innocent old school charm and stripped-back honesty, making it an instant contemporary classic.

♡ New Light

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Added on: June 1, 2021