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  • Audio CD (October 6, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATO RECORDS / RED
  • ASIN: B002LMOAWE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,128 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2009 album from the former Soul Coughing frontman. Genius lyricist, musician, songwriter, poet, playwright, photographer, columnist, blogger, and true multi-media artist Doughty has given into the pressure he has felt for years from fans to record an acoustic album again. Sad Man Happy Man isn't entirely acoustic -- Doughty's experimentation with drum machines and Ableton software adds a larger dynamic to Mike's acoustic efforts along with cello player Andrew Scrap Livingston. For the track 'Doubly Gratified', Doughty went back to an old friend, Soul Coughing producer David Kahne. Sad Man Happy Man is the follow up to 2008's Golden Delicious.

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If your friends like any Doughty, buy this record.
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If he can't think of a good word to describe what he feels, he readily makes one up.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By George Anderson on October 10, 2009
Format: Audio CD
When I was a kid my uncle would give me his Led Zeppelin 8 tracks because he wore them out playing them over and over. It's a good thing that times change and Haughty Melodic and Golden Delicious easily work overtime on my iPod. Haughty Melodic was such a masterpiece part of me thought it had to be a fluke. I was expecting Golden Delicious to be Haughty Melodic II. It wasn't. It was every bit as well crafted as HM and over time has taken on a life of it's own.

There is plenty of ink slinging on Sad Man Happy Man. "Sweet lousy cupcakes of lies", "Bangkok to Antioch" and "incredible bulk" go hand in glove with "I'm a roustabout And I'm bound to roust you out" and "skin so fine and red lips rose-like now". Where SMHM really distinguishes itself from the previous two albums is it's mostly done on acoustic guitar and the cello. Either way, it still rocks.

I would never recommend that you see Return of the Jedi if you somehow managed to miss Star Wars and Empire. This is a slightly different. If you do not own any Mike Doughty albums you are missing out. Get them all and listen to them in any order you want.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. Opus on October 16, 2009
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4.5 Stars.

Mike Doughty's post-Soul Coughing career has been pretty impressive. His initial solo recordings (Skittish and Rockity Roll) had a unique homemade sound, which emphasized the quality of his witty, often sarcastic but also sometimes frighteningly honest songs. He took a step back towards a more produced sound with 2005's Haughty Melodic, probably his best recording to date. The songs on that album are some of my favorites of all time, and I can think of few other albums I come back to as often as that one. Perhaps this is why I found the follow-up, Golden Delicious (2008), to be missing something. Although it has grown on me, too much of that record still sounds like paint-by-numbers Mike, or Mike not really challenging himself.

This new release does a lot to correct the mistakes of the past one. The songs are once again consistently engaging, and Mike has returned to a more homemade sound. This suits him well and gives the songs space to breathe. This song cycle deals a lot with overcoming hard times, be it rejection from a girl or just rough experiences in general. It fits the stage Mike is at in his life, as a recovering addict who has obviously learned his lessons the hard way. Other songs are bouncy fun (albeit with some dark undertones) such as "Pleasure On Credit." I also enjoy the engaging story-songs, which are written with enough detail to make them relatable. The closing cover of Daniel Johnston's "Casper The Friendly Ghost" is touching and suits Mike's style of playing very well. The stripped-down instrumentation (augmented sometimes by a cello) is just enough to make the point, which for Mike is all that is needed.

Although I am still hoping for another recording of the same quality as Haughty Melodic, this is pretty close and well worth your time. I'd say I am already addicted.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on October 18, 2009
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Mike Doughty's had a solo career that's long enough to nearly obscure his years as lead singer of Soul Coughing. His latest reels back in the guitar, bass, drums and keyboard layers of last year's Golden Delicious, and though his acoustic guitar is the dominant instrument here, he doesn't retreat fully to the sound of his solo debut Skittish. His syncopated strumming and vocals hold down the center with the usual level of energy, and there are low string drones that add weight, drums to further propel the beat, and some twangy trills, skittish violin notes and sonic washes that make this more than rock reduced to folk. Doughty not only returns to guitar-and-voice centered productions, but also the beat-rap poetry style he favored earlier in his career.

Doughty's lyrics include lost and reconsidered love, introspective questioning and optimistic possibilities, and stretch out to carefully constructed rhymes and elliptical couplets. The latter flow smoothly, but leave their deeper meanings for listeners to decide; it's enough to make one long for an annotated lyric sheet. College DJs should track down the Hombres' "Let it All Hang Out" for a good segue with Doughty's "Pleasure on Credit" (though you'll need to watch out for the s-word 32-seconds in). Twelve originals and a cover of Daniel Johnston's "Caspar the Friendly Ghost" will please fans of Doughty's early solo work, and fans of his earlier work with Soul Coughing will happily welcome his lyrical and sing-rap style. 3-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2009 hyperbolium dot com]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Hunter on December 16, 2009
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Mike Doughty is not a household name, but he should be. He's not even well known to most hardcore music fans. He should be. And when they finally discover this man's brilliance, they should be, as one song states on "Sad Man, Happy Man": "Doubly Gratified".

This third installment in Mike Doughty's wonderful post- "Soul Coughing" solo catalogue (fourth if you count the 2-disc demo collection, "Skittish/Rockity Roll") is definitely one of the best I've heard so far. I was first introduced to Doughty's music when a college friend burned me a copy of "Haughty Melodic", which I ultimately wore out and bought a new copy, plus copies for others I thought needed to hear it!

That album was a masterpiece, and the 2008 followup, "Golden Delicious", was just as good. With "Sad Man, Happy Man", Doughty eschews the glossy production of "Melodic" and the oddball sonic experiments of "Delicious" and sits down with an acoustic guitar, backed by a keyboard, some drums and a subdued string section anchored by a cello. The result really puts the focus on his unique lyrical style and catchy, pleasant melodies.

There really is no way to describe Mike Doughty's lyrical style that can do it justice. He is one part beatnik slam poet, one part Dave Matthews, one part Jack Johnson, a dash of hip-hop and a pinch of Bob Dylan. If he can't think of a good word to describe what he feels, he readily makes one up. In one song about missign a girl, he sings: "Vicious mobs of candy rievers stalk the night, and 'methodonians' sleep right where they stand. A weeping tranny is cradling a steak knife, while you're happy slugging rob-roys with your man". The weird but poignant images he paints with his unique lyrics are in full force with this album, and the music is fantastic.

Buy this. NOW.
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