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Golden Delicious
     

Golden Delicious

by Mike Doughty
 
On 2005's Haughty Melodic, Mike Doughty took steps to move away from his purely acoustic solo material, bringing in piano and horns to fill out his sound. Golden Delicious stretches even further into radio-friendly adult alternative, and in fact little resembles the singer's earlier work. "27 Jennifers," which was

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On 2005's Haughty Melodic, Mike Doughty took steps to move away from his purely acoustic solo material, bringing in piano and horns to fill out his sound. Golden Delicious stretches even further into radio-friendly adult alternative, and in fact little resembles the singer's earlier work. "27 Jennifers," which was originally found on the 2003 EP Rockity Roll, is revisited here, with added electric guitars and a swirling keyboard solo that might have come straight out of 1986, and the song ends up being one of the better ones on the album. Elsewhere, many of the melodies and arrangements are similar (the first two tracks, for example, "Fort Hood" and "I Just Want the Girl in the Blue Dress to Keep on Dancing," are nearly identical, except the former's chorus chooses to borrow from Galt MacDermot's "Let the Sunshine In," while the latter riffs on "The Little Drummer Boy"), but there are still moments on Golden Delicious that show what Doughty is capable of. For example, he holds back on the production and instrumentation and lets his acoustic guitar chords and voice take over in the darker "I Got the Drop on You," which references his Soul Coughing days while still coming across as an original. And while "More Bacon Than the Pan Can Handle" is intended as a nod to his love of hip-hop and sampling but is pure kitsch instead, there are other songs -- the aforementioned "I Got the Drop on You," the Death Cabby "Wednesday (No Se Apoye)," even "I Wrote a Song About Your Car" -- that successfully demonstrate Doughty's abilities.

Editorial Reviews

Orlando Sentinel - Jim Abbott
A lively collection that infuses his indie-rock with dashes of soul, folk and old-school rock.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2008
Label:
Ato Records
UPC:
0880882161224
catalogNumber:
21612
Rank:
294226

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Performance Credits

Mike Doughty   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
John Kirby   Electronic Piano
John Munson   Bass,Trombone
Ken Chastain   Percussion
David Levita   Guitar
Pete McNeal   Drums
Mankwe Ndosi   Vocals
Stephanie Beatriz   Vocals
Andrew "Scrap" Livingston   Guitar

Technical Credits

Galt MacDermot   Composer
Sekou Sundiata   Author
Dan Wilson   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
James Rado   Composer
Gerome Ragni   Composer
Mike Doughty   Composer
Emily Philpott   Art Direction
Brad Bivens   Engineer

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