Where Does This Door Go

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Mayer Hawthorne already had three solid albums of retro-soul in his back catalog, so with album number four, it's just natural that he spreads his wings a bit. The Ann Arbor-bred, L.A.-based retro-R&B singer was quoted as saying he "truly did not give a" you-know-what during the recording of the album, and while that may prepare the listener for a guest appearance from Korn, awesome bass drops, and 20-minute psychedelic jams, Where Does This Door Go is nothing of the sort. Filled with the kind of funk that gets in the shoulders more than the rump, the album is a cool stroll from the '60s Motown Hawthorne has always adored to the fern bar/yacht rock of the '70s and on...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Mayer Hawthorne already had three solid albums of retro-soul in his back catalog, so with album number four, it's just natural that he spreads his wings a bit. The Ann Arbor-bred, L.A.-based retro-R&B singer was quoted as saying he "truly did not give a" you-know-what during the recording of the album, and while that may prepare the listener for a guest appearance from Korn, awesome bass drops, and 20-minute psychedelic jams, Where Does This Door Go is nothing of the sort. Filled with the kind of funk that gets in the shoulders more than the rump, the album is a cool stroll from the '60s Motown Hawthorne has always adored to the fern bar/yacht rock of the '70s and on to the '80s, when Hall & Oates were Private Eyes and allowing new wave into their sound. It's a sleek and small landscape that seems heavily influenced by the Neptunes, so it's no surprise that Pharrell shows up for a handful of productions, including the almost-Aja-outtake "Wine Glass Woman," which reaches for the wit of Donald Fagen but lands on Robin Thicke "Wore your Christian Dior/But you shatter into pieces on the floor". That's all well and good if a breezy feeling is what's required, and as the album gives up infectious odes to friendship "Reach Out Richard" and goofball lyrics like "I'm programmable, I can go all night" "Robot Love", all while doubling down on the Michael McDonald "The Stars Are Ours" is like the bearded one jumping between his Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan gigs it's a pure, lowercase joy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/16/2013
  • Label: Republic
  • UPC: 602537447954
  • Catalog Number: 001873802
  • Sales rank: 21,956

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Problematization (0:15)
  2. 2 Back Seat Lover (3:51)
  3. 3 The Innocent (3:22)
  4. 4 Allie Jones (4:04)
  5. 5 The Only One (3:20)
  6. 6 Wine Glass Woman (3:47)
  7. 7 Her Favorite Song (3:43)
  8. 8 Crime (4:40)
  9. 9 Reach Out Richard (4:08)
  10. 10 Corsican Rosé (4:08)
  11. 11 Where Does This Door Go (4:18)
  12. 12 Robot Love (3:27)
  13. 13 The Stars Are Ours (4:31)
  14. 14 All Better (4:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mayer Hawthorne Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Bass, Percussion, Piano, scratching, Drums, Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Vocals, Vibes
Rene Toledo Guitar, Electric Guitar
James Manning Bass
Quincy McCrary Electric Piano
Greg Wells Piano, Drums, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Mellotron, Slide Guitar
Eric Jackson Acoustic Guitar
Pharrell Williams Percussion, Piano, Drums, Glockenspiel, Electric Piano, Vocals
Kevin Randolph Synthesizer, Electric Piano
Steve Mostyn Synthesizer, Bass, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Vocals
Christian Wunderlich Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jimi James Background Vocals
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Violin, Viola
Jack Splash Synthesizer, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Vocals
Alison Bjorkedal Harp
Matt Martinez Trombone
Jackson Perry Vocals, Background Vocals
Kid Harpoon Mellotron
Jimetta Rose Vocals
Da Internz Drums, Background Vocals
Sam Beaubien Trumpet
John Hill Electric Guitar, Hand Clapping
Justin Jozwiak Tenor Saxophone
Chris Votek Cello
Jessie Ware Vocals
Kendrick Lamar Vocals, Guest Appearance
Quentin Joseph Drums
Harlan Silverman Electric Guitar
Fernanda Repsold Background Vocals
Destiny Papolia Vocals
Josh Remsberg Vocals
Tircia Parris Skit
Shali Sirpal Vocals
Oak Felder Synthesizer, Drums, Vocals
Karl Tyler Skit
Jeanette Boling Vocals
Technical Credits
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Greg Wells Producer, drum machine
Eric Jackson Composer
Pharrell Williams Composer, Programming, Producer
Kevin Randolph Composer
Steve Mostyn Producer
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson String Arrangements
Jack Splash Composer, Programming, Producer
Kid Harpoon Composer, Producer
Mayer Hawthorne Composer, Programming, Producer, Art Direction, Drum Fills
Da Internz Programming, Producer
Marcos Palacios Composer
John Hill Composer, Producer, drum machine
Andrew Cohen Composer
Ernest Clark Composer
Warren Felder Composer
Kendrick Duckworth Composer
Ryan Gillian Pro-Tools
Oakwud Producer
William Curtis Composer
Oak Felder Programming
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