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Album Review

Mayer Hawthorne already had three solid albums of retro-soul in his back catalog, so with album number four, it's just natural that he spreads his wings a bit. The Ann Arbor-bred, L.A.-based retro-R&B singer was quoted as saying he "truly did not give a" you-know-what during the recording of the album, and while that may prepare the listener for a guest appearance from Korn, awesome bass drops, and 20-minute psychedelic jams, Where Does This Door Go is nothing of the sort. Filled with the kind of funk that gets in the shoulders more than the rump, the album is a cool stroll from the '60s Motown Hawthorne has always adored to the fern bar/yacht rock of the '70s and on to the '80s, when Hall & Oates were Private Eyes and allowing new wave into their sound. It's a sleek and small landscape that seems heavily influenced by the Neptunes, so it's no surprise that Pharrell shows up for a handful of productions, including the almost-Aja-outtake "Wine Glass Woman," which reaches for the wit of Donald Fagen but lands on Robin Thicke ("Wore your Christian Dior/But you shatter into pieces on the floor"). That's all well and good if a breezy feeling is what's required, and as the album gives up infectious odes to friendship ("Reach Out Richard") and goofball lyrics like "I'm programmable, I can go all night" ("Robot Love"), all while doubling down on the Michael McDonald ("The Stars Are Ours" is like the bearded one jumping between his Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan gigs) it's a pure, lowercase joy.

Customer Reviews

The Stars Are Ours... A Steely Dan Song!

Wow--this sounds exactly like a Steely Dan tune! Also very reminiscent of N.E.R.D.'s more rock-inspired tracks. If the rest of this album is this awesome we should be so lucky! MH is a soulful vocalist with an amazing voice and his tracks are the backbeat of any hipster's good time. I say yay!

Best $9.99 I've ever spent on an album!

I never heard of Mayer Hawthorne up until a few Month's ago. My friend introduced me to his music & I was instantly hooked! His music just keeps getting better & better! Very soulful & if you're not into soul music, I wouldn't recommend this for you. But then again, don't knock it until you try it!

Perfect!!😬💜

I absolutely love every single song!

Biography

Born: February 2, 1979 in Ann Arbor, MI

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Ann Arbor, Michigan native and longtime eclectic DJ/producer Andrew Cohen, onetime member of the rap groups Athletic Mic League and Now On, began recording soul-seeped material as something of a joke, but didn't plan to have it reach beyond his circle of friends and family. Mayer Hawthorne, the pseudonym Cohen used for the songs, eventually took on a life of its own. When a couple of Hawthorne songs were played for Peanut Butter Wolf, the Stones Throw label head was baffled; he initially thought...
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Where Does This Door Go, Mayer Hawthorne
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Soul
  • Released: Jul 16, 2013

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