Do Things - Dent May
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  • Summary: The ukulele is absent from the second album for the singer-songwriter from Mississippi.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Jun 11, 2012
    80
    Do Things is a cool treat of a record, filled with catchy and sweet songs that have a relaxed and easygoing happiness that is impossible to resist.
  2. Jun 11, 2012
    78
    Stunningly bright, impeccably trim and dance-y, the level of song craftsmanship here has garnered Beach Boys comparisons, but Ace of Base might be a more accurate touchstone, with a bit of Christopher Owens' (Girls) deep, bummed-out vocal blur as well.
  3. Jul 3, 2012
    70
    Do Things has a few missteps, but May just keeps smiling and charging forward.
  4. Jun 12, 2012
    60
    He may come to rue the day he traded his trusty ukulele for a cheapo drum machine that makes his attempts at pop-funk sound more gauche than his nifty songcraft deserves. [Jul 2012, p.77]
  5. Jul 12, 2012
    60
    While Do Things is "easy" music, music that sounds great on a boat in the sun or accompanying front-porch Coronas, it's not likely to stick with you after a listen or two.
  6. 60
    As a whole, the album treads the fine line of genre fetishism and reinvention.
  7. Aug 7, 2012
    20
    Do Things, unsurprisingly, ends on a run of unimaginative songs that make it increasingly difficult to want to keep listening to it. It's an unfortunate album that will no doubt pander to a certain group of people but will likely leave everyone else cold. There's nothing here apart from the lead-off track that's worth a repeat listen.

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  1. Jul 16, 2012
    5
    Dent May has a terrific voice that partially recalls Brian Wilson, as well as Stephin Merritt. On his debut album, 2009