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Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty is a true multi-media artist: musician, songwriter, poet, playwright, photographer, and an avid, eloquent blogger. On this 2008 album, Doughty and Grammy-winning producer Dan Wilson worked with Doughty's touring band to craft a driven, organic sound around Mike's savvy, agile lyrical escapades. Lead track 'Fort Hood' is named for the U.S. army base that has suffered the greatest number of casualties in the Iraq War; the anthem was inspired by a visit to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. In less somber moments, 'Put It Down' is a hip-shaking Pop gem, and the fan favorite '27 Jennifers' was recorded with a live band for the first time. Golden Delicious is the follow-up to Doughty's album Haughty Melodic (2005). 11 tracks. ATO.

1. Fort Hood
2. I Just Want the Girl in the Blue Dress to Keep on Dancing
3. Put It Down
4. More Bacon than the Pan Can Handle
5. 27 Jennifers
6. I Wrote a Song About Your Car
7. I Got the Drop on You
8. Wednesday (No Se Apoye)
9. Like a Luminous Girl
10. Nectarine (part one)
11. Navigating by the Stars at Night

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  • Audio CD (April 15, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATO Records
  • ASIN: B0012IWK3O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By P. Opus on February 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
3.5 Stars (rounded up)

The vast majority of Mike Doughty's fan base is well aware of his former career as the voice of Soul Coughing, the pioneering funky alt-hip-hop group that rode the post-grunge alternative wave to cult status during the 1990s. Their first album, Ruby Vroom, was an instant classic, full of energy, grit and a cuttingly unique style that brought nerdy/abstract poetry together with a funky beat. After a strong follow-up (Irresistable Bliss) the band released one more effort, El Oso, before disbanding. While boasting a similar sound and feel to the first two efforts, Oso was an odd-man-out among the band's catalog. It was still funky, fun and abstract but the band seemed to be running out of ideas. The lyrics were not as clever, the band sounded obsessed with current trends in electronica, and a new slicker production style ultimately marred the album. It's still a fun listen but it doesn't get nearly as many spins on my player as the first two albums do.

I am thinking that Golden Delicious is kinda-sorta Mike Doughty's solo El Oso. Yeah it's Mike, it's funky and fun, on the surface it sounds pretty similar to the last record (the superb Haughty Melodic) even as it takes one more step away from the rawness of Skittish and Rockity Roll (his two heartfelt early solo EPs). Yet on further listens, I find that this one lacks some of the depth of Haughty as well as the strength of the songwriting. Haughty is a virtual classic, all of the tracks are memorable (at least to me) and heartfelt. Some sound plaintive, others speak about some newfound spiritual awakening, and it's all done in such a way as to seem believable and true. It was a progression - still funky, yet also deep. This album strips away the depth for what sounds more like dance tracks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Press on February 22, 2008
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There are some really beautiful tracks on Doughty's newest album. "Blue Dress" and "Wednesday" are fantastic, and I really like "I got the Drop on You" too. I was so thirsty for new stuff from him and feel very good about this album. Maybe it'll grow on me more, but I still don't think it quite matches Haughty Melodic, and isn't as beautifully-raw as Skittish. I also agree with other reviewer calling this his most Soul Coughing-est album yet, which I find interesting because you'd think he would continue moving away from that period in his career, but he's returned to it a bit in a surprising way. Oh, and the background music and vocals on this album are top notch.
Mike Doughty is an awesome songwriter and musician, who really excels in building a relationship with his listeners through his blogs and through his live shows. It's part of what really sets him apart and as he continues to build popularity I pray he never strays from that special connection he maintains.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brian on February 19, 2008
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Spent the last hour dancing around like a fool listing to the new tracks, and if that's not the mark of a great album I don't know what is. Mike Doughty just gets better and better, and the new album "Golden Delicious" is exactly that. (Crruunch!) Yum. Can't wait to see the upcoming tour.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Connors on April 18, 2008
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Mike Doughty has once again shown that he is a terrific song-writer and musician. He continues to impress with excellent songs like Navigating the Stars at Night, I Just Want the Girl in the Blue Dress to Keep on Dancing and a nice update of 27 Jennifers. Golden Delicious Golden Delicious may not pack the punch of Haughty Melodic Haughty Melodic, but it is a very solid effort. It is obvious that the former frontman for Soul Coughing has a lot more great music in him.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ragskne on April 20, 2008
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Golden Delicious did not dissappoint. There will be immediate favorites amongst the tracks. However, like any great album, you will discover new favorites the more you listen.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Redhead on March 28, 2008
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I've been listening to Mike Doughty since the early Soul Coughing days, and have seen him at enough live shows that he may very well think I'm stalking him. As much as I love his performances, enjoy his stage patter, and tend to turn over his lyrics in my mind... I was deeply disappointed by this album. I think that having a band cripples him in a way, and as much as I like the people he tends to work with, it seems like the songs get bogged down in "bandness". I miss the raw fun and somber truth captured in his songs with him solo or with the Doveman. The songs on Golden Delicious aren't as well crafted as previous works.

I'll see him live as much as I can, and I'll always give his new work a shot, but if you aren't a complete-ist, you may want to skip this one. And whether or not you choose to buy this album, be sure to see him play, you won't regret it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason Cauley on February 20, 2008
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I had a big ole review, ready to write, overflowing with praise. But, I can't stop listening to this brilliance long enough to type!

In short, it's the proverbial 'home run'!!! If you don't buy this, you must be mad at your ears.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FloatingAirBiscuits on February 27, 2008
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Despite the fact I like choice and it differs from day to day, I cannot seem to take this Cd out of my car. I've been of fan of Mike's since the late Soul Coughing days, but really wasn't that into them. After hearing his solo work, I immediately fell for it. Back then it was Skittish & Rockity Roll. Today it's Golden Delicious.

This album has its similarities and its differences. I think the structure and lyrics are much like the previous albums, but the sound is different. It sounds less produced, a little "grittier" if you will, and I really really like that. "Fort Hood" is amazing, and it tells a great story. "I just want the..." is equally amazing, though in a completely different way. I love the new sound of "27 Jennifers", especially the pause late in the song. "I wrote a song about your car" is much like some of the later tracks on Haughty, building a picture in your head based on the lyrics. "Wedsneday" could possibly be the greatest song he's ever written, and "Like a Luminous Girl" is right up there as well.

If you like any of his previous material, you'll enjoy this one as well. It's not overproduced, it's raw, it's real, it's Mike. It's honest, it has sombre moments (wedsneday), and it has it's happy sing-a-longs. I gave it four stars out of five, for only wishing it was longer and "more bacon" wasn't on it. I think Mike has a lot of art in him, between music, photography, blogs, poetry, and I wish he would release more music (like a Ryan Adams). Also, I would have liked to have heard a few lines of German in there since he's working so hard at learning the language.
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