Sob Rock

John Mayer - Sob Rock
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2021 Ratings: #483 / 512
User Score
Based on 262 ratings
2021 Ratings: #573
Liked by 12 people
July 16, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
Pop Rock / Genres / Website
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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.
The Telegraph

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

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.

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


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.

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”.

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.
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.

i hate you so much goddamn it
Mayer’s willingness to poke fun at himself lends itself perfectly to the satirical foundation of ‘Sob Rock’ <3
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.

Sure there are beautifully ... read more
He literally called this album a shitpost and it is pretty evident when listening to Sob Rock that it's not to be taken very seriously even if there are some nice melodies and guitars here.

I mean, just look at the cover and album name...

Favourite: New Light
Worst: Why You No Love Me

1. Last Train Home - 8
2. Shouldn't Matter but It Does - 6
3. New Light - 10
4. Why You No Love Me - 4
5. Wild Blue - 9
6. Shot in the Dark - 7.5
7. I Guess I Just Feel Like - 8.5
8. Til the Right One Comes - 7
9. Carry Me Away - 6.5
10. All I Want Is to Be With You - 7

Average: 7.35
Quick Comment: I quite like this listen it puts me in a good mood although it can be repetitive at times, it feels so peaceful and chill and just ... read more
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Added on: June 1, 2021