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|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|
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|1. Love Is All Right|
|2. When I Said Goodbye (Demo Version)|
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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Very nice album, modern soul, am def a new fan of mayer hawthorn, and will look into his newer stuffPublished on 18 Mar. 2013 by dave
Came promptly and is an album for most people. Both fun and soulful, great for any occasion really. Also, it's definitely worth checking out some of the videos for the songs.Published on 26 Nov. 2012 by lizardhat