Golden Delicious Review

artist: mike doughty date: 02/26/2008 category: compact discs
mike doughty: Golden Delicious
Release Date: Feb 19, 2008
Label: ATO Records
Genres: Alternative Pop/Rock
Number Of Tracks: 11
Golden Delicious stretches even further into radio-friendly adult alternative, and in fact little resembles the singer's earlier work.
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 8
 Overall Impression: 9
 Overall rating:
 9.1 
 Reviewer rating:
 8.7 
 Users rating:
 9.5 
 Votes:
 2 
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overall: 8.7
Golden Delicious Reviewed by: sweetpeasuzie, on february 26, 2008
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Sound: Mike Doughty's latest offering Golden Delicious, released on Dave Matthews label ATO Records, is destined to bedazzle fans of the modern-pop generation. Doughty's blissful musings are relatable to Ben Lee, ALO, Matt Nathanson, and Astrid Williamson. The music of Doughty shimmers gleefully and finds it groove in the upbeat steps of his vocals. He embraces the funkiness in his vocal melodies and emphasizes it on tracks like Put It Down and the urban-pop stylizing of More Bacon Than The Pan Can Handle which tingles with a zesty clip liken to G. Love. Doughty expands his wings on tunes like 27 Jennifers and I Just Want The Girl In The Blue Dress To Keep On Dancing by dicing up the melodies with synth-pop cubes and spots of nimbly rhythmic buoys. He slows down the tempo in the center of the album with a lighting of acoustic-pop matches for I Got The Drop On You, and the folksy pop strokes of Wednesday (Contra La Puerto) lubricated by chilling rhythmic swells. The modern-pop fare of Like A Luminous Girl may remind fans of Doughty's pop single Looking At The World From The Bottom Of A Well from his 2005 album Haughty Melodic, but he also uses a cotillion of sparkling synths to seam the jubilant-pop cuffs of Nectarine (Part One) showing favoritism to having some light-hearted fun. Golden Delicious closes with an infectious set of rustling guitar jiggles and coruscating features in Navigating By The Stars At Night resembling a forest filled with star-studded delights. Golden Delicious can be classified as an album that will not only keep your attention but also nourish the brighter facets of your spirit. // 9

Lyrics: Mike Doughty has a reputation for being a well-versed poet, but he shows a socio-political side to his personality on the track Fort Hood which is taken from the name of the US Army base which suffered the greatest number of casualties early on in the Iraqi War. The song was inspired by Doughty's visit to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The lyrics put into perspective how dealing with the ordinary things in life are better than having to deal with the blood-shed of war when Doughty tells, I'd rather watch movie stars get fat/ I'd rather hang off the flag and be done with it/ I'd rather keep the fire and frenzy out of my mind/ I'd rather take sides in an argumentWake up fool, there's no time for a fighting match/ I smell blood and there is no blood around. The chorus parts for Fort Hood are taken from the melody Let The Sunshine In written by Gait MacDermot, James Rado, and Gerome Ragni and featured in the '60s musical Hair. Like in the musical, the chorus of Let the sunshine in/ Let the sunshine in/ The sunshine in, sprouts a ray of hope into a dismal setting. The chorus also draws a correlation between the conditions of the present and those of the past. // 8

Overall Impression: Produced by Dan Wilson (Jewel, Dixie Chicks), the songs place importance on the detailing, so every nook and crevasse is filled with microscopic notes. Nothing was overlooked on these songs. Every sprig and crown of notes are accounted for and adds to the plumage of sonic waves rafting the melodies. The songs are bulked up without feeling bulky making them seem simple while actually being very sophisticated. Performing with Doughty on the making of Golden Delicious are Pete McNeal - drums, John Kirby - keyboards, David Levito - guitar, Ken Chastain - percussion, Andrew Livingston - bass, Mankwe Ndosi - backup vocals, Stephanie Beatriz - vocals on More Bacon Than The Pan Can Handle, and guest bass guitarist John Munson. Golden Delicious walks nimbly through life taking in every sight, smell, taste, and sound which crosses it's path and making it something to behold. // 9

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