Sunday, November 6, 2011
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: MAYER HAWTHORNE - HOW DO YOU DO
The Michigan thing obviously means a lot to him. A Long Time is a message of hope to Detroit, and the dire situation the city finds itself in these days. Hawthorne sings about how Henry Ford and Berry Gordy brought success and pride to the city before, and that somehow it will get that back. Hawthorne writes everything here, plays lots of the instruments, and produces as well. The guy's a giant. Another cool cameo, and a bit more telling than the Snoop duet, comes from guitar giant Dennis Coffey. The one-time Motown Funk Brother played on smash hits for the Temptations and many others, and had his own million-seller with Scorpio. He loans his signature feel to a couple of numbers.
I like how Hawthorne bounces around the soul spectrum, not settling on one style, but offering it up like a buffet. About half the tracks feature him in falsetto, and I really can't decide vocal style I like better, so I'm glad to have both. As a die-hard Motown and Philadelphia International fan, this stuff was made for me, but if you ever like a Spinners or Miracles or Amy Winehouse song for that matter, check this out.