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5.0 out of 5 stars Better and Better, 15 July 2013
This review is from: Where Does This Door Go (Audio CD)
Three albums in and I see no reason at all to abandon Mayer Hawthorne
(aka Andrew Cohen). His first two releases : 'A Strange Arrangement' (2009)
and 'How Do You Do' (2011) marked out his territory; a species of crisp,
classy soulful pop; impeccably sung, arranged and produced; melodic writing
of the very finest order. Mr Cohen's new recording 'Where Does This Door Go'
delivers a remarkably coherent set of thirteen new songs (seventeen if you choose
the 'Deluxe' option), all of which are every bit as good as his earlier recordings.
Truth-be-told there are a few numbers in this collection which could easily stand
shoulder to shoulder with the work of some of the finest singer/songwriters of the
past half-century. It's a mystery to me why he isn't better known. He should be!

Take a composition like opening track 'Back Seat Lover'; it could have crept
into Steely Dan's debut album 'Can't Buy A Thrill' (1972) without Donald Fagen
and Walter Becker even noticing! The electric piano and guitar licks are simply
delicious but it's the tune (and what a fine tune it is) and those perfectly
wrought vocal harmonies which totally convince of Mr Cohen's musical worth.
It's a largely upbeat project. 'Wine Glass Woman' and 'Reach Out Richard'
deserve special mentions as much for their crisp rhythmic complexity as for
Mr Cohen's effortless falsetto. Final track 'All Better', however, delivers
the project's most affecting moment; the spirits of the Fab Four might well
have been watching from the wings during this most memorable of conclusions.

Mayer Hawthorne is an great idea that just gets better and better.

Highly Recommended.
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Initial post: 21 Jul 2013 11:56:01 BDT
Wolfe
Yep! He simply justs keeps getting better. My daughter went to 'HArd Rock Calling' and didn't bother to watch him. Madness!
Regards
Arch

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jul 2013 20:54:17 BDT
The Wolf says:
Hi Archie

You should have gone!

Thanks for stopping by.

Wolfie
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