Strange Arrangement - (Import CD)
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- Mayer Hawthorne
- Mayer Hawthorne
- Strange Arrangement
Personnel: Mayer Hawthorne (vocals); David Moyer (flute, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Todd M. Simon (trumpet); Hoagie Haven (flugelhorn); Sgt. Harvey Pepper (French horn).
Audio Mixer: Haircut.
Recording information: The Barbershop, Los Angeles, CA.
Authors: Gilles Peterson; Justin Timberlake; ?uestlove.
Photographer: Jeremy Deputat.
DJ/producer Andrew Cohen's debut album as Mayer Hawthorne, A STRANGE ARRANGEMENT, is a wonderful, joyous delight from start to finish, managing to be both a nostalgic-sounding soul facsimile and a fresh urban retro dance listen all in one package. "Just Ain't Gonna Work Out" is here, along with other jaw-dropping gems like the Motown-like "Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin'" (it's hard to believe it isn't the Temptations doing this song), the quiet storm-like "One Track Mind" (with its aching echoes of Smokey Robinson) and "The Ills" (which sounds like a haunting, wry, and simply gorgeous lost Curtis Mayfield track). Cohen wrote all but one song here, played most of the instruments, and then mixed everything with an ear to delivering a refreshingly spare sound, with even the horn arrangements stripped to the bone, giving these tracks an odd, muted sharpness. Then there are the vocals. They're extraordinary, as if Cohen were channeling Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, David Ruffin, Smokey Robinson, et al., through his own middle to high tenor.Soul, neo or not, is soul, and this guy has it.
- Country of Origin
- Stones Throw
- Studio / Live
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Prelude
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Strange Arrangement, A
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Just Ain't Gonna Work Out
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Maybe So, Maybe No
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin'
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] I Wish It Would Rain
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Make Her Mine
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] One Track Mind
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Ills, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Shiny & New
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Let Me Know
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Green Eyed Love
- EMI Music Distribution
Rolling Stone (p.81) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[The album] re-creates the sound of Motown classics and other falsetto-laden AM-radio gems, complete with sparkling, horn-specked production..."
Spin (p.80) - "Hawthorne is trapped in a time-stop circa 1976, and his immaculate debut is replica music, constructed and buffed to a high sheen."
CMJ - "[T]he entire album is slathered in a good layer of golden syrup, with harmonies laid on thick and solid pop song structure spread all over to make things easy to folllow....Another fine example of blue-eyed soul -- wholesome and hearty..."
Q (Magazine) (p.112) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "His first offering flirts with hazy psychedelia, bittersweet Norther soul and funkadelic ballads."
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- Haircut; Todd Simon
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