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A Strange Arrangement Limited Edition, Extra tracks

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Mayer Hawthorne grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, just outside of Detroit, and vividly remembers, as a child, driving with his father and tuning the car radio in to the rich soul and jazz history the region provided. “Most of the best music ever made came out of Detroit,” claims the singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, who counts Isaac Hayes, Leroy Hutson, Mike Terry, and ... Read more in Amazon's Mayer Hawthorne Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, Extra tracks
  • Label: Stones Throw
  • ASIN: B002DXU548
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,180 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Prelude
2. A Strange Arrangement
3. Just Ain't Gonna Work Out
4. Maybe So, Maybe No
5. Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin'
6. I Wish It Would Rain
7. Make Her Mine
8. One Track Mind
9. The Ills
10. Shiny And New
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Love Is All Right
2. When I Said Goodbye (Demo Version)

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BBC Review

If the internet hadn't been invented and people still bought albums based on the label it was released on, regardless of whether they'd heard it or not, then Mayer Hawthorne’s debut record would no doubt have shocked many Stones Throw fans. Indeed, a label that has built its reputation on the back of artists such as Madlib, J Dilla, Oh No and Guilty Simpson, has thrown the curve ball of the year by releasing an album that sounds so authentic of soul it could have come from the Detroit of the 60s.

Though Hawthorne didn't come out of nowhere – he was known as Haircut in Athletic Mic League and Now On – this incarnation of the Ann Arbor-born singer has taken the US by storm, garnering praise from hip hop heads and mainstream music fans alike, and with good reason. The music itself is simple at times – the title track opens the album with a hi-hat and understated snare which is similarly found, with the addition of a few piano chords, on I Wish It Would Rain – but this isn't detrimental to the album. Such arrangements augment Hawthorne's vocals and provide yet more evidence that he could easily have come from the era he pays tribute to, assuming the listener knew no better.

He's quite capable of the upbeat numbers too, and with lyrics like "I might not drive a new Mercedes / but I'll chauffeur my girl ‘til the edge of the world", it's almost as if the music is coming from the jukebox in an old-fashioned American diner. Album standout The Ills steps the pace up with a lively percussive intro and a crescendo of horns, hinting heavily at his hip hop background. And though he never slips into that world, such flourishes add further dimensions to an already impressive album.

Stones Throw boss Peanut Butter Wolf reportedly signed Hawthorne after hearing only two of his songs and, after just one listen to this debut album, it's not hard to hear why. He may not be the label's usual fare, but for those who are fed up with the new wave of soul and want the real thing, Hawthorne has stepped up with a cracker of a debut album. --Sam Hesketh

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Mr Hawthorne (ne Andrew Mayer Cohen) is a highly talented
singer, songwriter and producer whose debut album
'A Strange Arrangement' affectionately captures the spirit
of late 60's and early 70's American soul music.

Well-crafted, lo-fi, late-night listening for lovers
(and other potential enthusiasts of the genre).

There really isn't a bad song in the collection.

Of the 12 at our disposal stand-out tracks would have to include :
'One Track Mind', the loose snare drum, horn arrangement, hand-clapping
and canny vocal harmonies are an absolutely accurate period delight;
the spirit of Curtis Mayfield must have been smiling from the wings
during the recording of 'Maybe So, Maybe No'. Mr Hawthorne's
slightly tentative falsetto creates an authentically endearing effect.
'Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin'' is worthy of the best of Motown.

'I Wish It Would Rain' is one of the lovliest reimaginings
on the album. We are transported back to a time when music
still had the power to thrill. A perfect sparkling gem of a song.

The project is unlikely to set the world on fire. I suspect it
will be heard far less than it deserves to be on these shores.

There's nothing to lose and everything to gain by giving it a listen.

Highly Recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Og Oggilby TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is an exquisite album. It clocks in at just over thirty-four minutes, but it is quite a rich musical cake to listen to, and does create a yearning for more. Other reviewers have acknowledged its early 70s soul qualities, but I also detect the influence of Todd Rundgren at his early 70s best, and even a bit of Brian Wilson if he was in thrall to the likes of Curtis Mayfield as opposed to Phil Spector. The use of instrumentation such as Wurlitzer electric piano and banked vocal harmonies do recall the heyday of black vocal harmony combos such as The Delfonics and the more mellifluous moments of the Chi-Lites, but it works in an appealingly retro-meets-modern way. Rafael Saddiq may have led the way in taking such musical anachronisms into chart territory, but I shall keep a close eye on Mayer Hawthorne's future development. It's a good era for retro-soul stylings; this album, alongside Lee Fields' My World are amongst my best albums of 2009.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pink-rowsta on 23 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
very motown-esque - achieves the authentic sound without seeming cheesy, yet there's something very modern & unpretentious about mayer & his music.

perfect mix of upbeat funkier songs (i.e. 'The Ills' and 'One Track Mind') and beautiful yet sometimes quirky soul ballads (such as 'Green Eyed Love', 'Let Me Know' and 'Just Aint Gonna Work Out').

and on top of all that, i bought this special edition full album + bonus tracks from amazon at the ridiculously under-priced £2.75!! even if you buy this at the current price, it's still a bargain considering what you're getting for your money...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By peter bence on 5 May 2013
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What a surprise to hear such music with feeling. This takes me back to the roots of pop soul but It is not just the feel for an era the songs stand alone as great songs of today. Thanks to Mayer Hawthorne for a album that is a must listen.
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By KJ on 5 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Mayer Hawthorne is a real talented old-school style soul singer and he did the right thing trusting PBW and Stones Throw to sign with. The end product is pitch-perfect vocals over simple wonderful beats. No unnecessary featuring artists, auto-tuning, generic beats, or anything else designed to make the album marketable to teenagers. Absolute magic. Buy now or miss out....
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By samsecret on 6 Jan. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Bought after hearing a song from his latest CD. I listened to the track clips and knew I would like his music. His music has lots of rhythm and melody, often with an almost familiar reference to something else. Clever and tantalising!
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