Where Does This Door Go
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2013 album from the Pop/Soul singer, songwriter, producer and musician. Mayer Hawthorne draws influence from the music of Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, Leroy Hutson, Mike Terry, Barry White, Smokey Robinson and the legendary songwriting and production trio of Holland/Dozier/Holland. Taking umbrage at the notion that his is a purely "throwback" Soul sound, however, Hawthorne also cites more contemporary artists, such as J Dilla, as significant influences.
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~"Her Favorite Song" feels like two great songs in one the way it transitions between a funky headbopper and a late night jazzy sway.
~"Corsican Rose" is a sincere expression of regret over the one that got away. It has a distorted synth tone that underscores the chorus that puts this song in the zone.
~"Crime" with on-fire rapper Kendrick Lamar is a breezy party cut that makes for a nice backdrop for a number of social gatherings.
~"The Stars Are Ours" is saturated in Stevie Wonder-fulness and original enough to stand on its own. A beautiful ode to undoubtedly one of Mayer's musical godfathers.
~"Where Does This Door Go" is a shoe-gazing meditation on trying to find your way. I immediately identified with the lyrics and understand why this is the title cut.
Mayer Hawthorne is an artist of great range, and I hope he gets the recognition he deserves. "Where Does This Door Go" is my favorite album released this year. Get the Deluxe Edition. 5 star perfection!
Only reason it don't get five stars is that I think his best work may still be ahead....
I must have listened to "Backseat Lover" and "Robot Love" (and "Designer Drug") enough times to be sick of them, but I seem to be destined to play them again and again. "Her Favorite Song" sounded very familiar, and maybe I heard it go by on the radio, or maybe it was such a great song that it seemed like I had been listening to it all my life. I had listened to some samples from other Mayer Hawthorne tracks and was ready for a Soulful R&B experience. Instead I got an amazing amalgamation of soul, R&B, dance and jazzy chillout all in one.
Only negative I can think of are some of the short intermission tracks like "Problematization and "Ay Bass Player" which might add ambiance to the CD as total listening experience but don't do much individually. [SEE BELOW FOR SOME CLARIFICATION]
"How Do You Do" was a very listenable CD, but "Where Does this Door Go" is a Tour de force!
EDIT: I have to amend my earlier comment about the 'intermission tracks'. They REALLY DO add ambiance as a total listening experience. The birth of the CD and its instant digital access to tracks/shuffle play was the beginning of the end for concept albums. The individual MP3 was the stake in its heart. When I finally listened to the entire CD start to finish in order, the little intermission tracks really added atmosphere and made me feel like I was hanging out at some cool live venue. Also have come to love many of the other tracks since I stopped just repeating the ones listed above. "Crime" and "Innocent" stand out for me among the other tracks, but I always discover new things to like.