Golden Delicious - Mike Doughty
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  • Summary: Doughty's second studio album was produced by Dan Wilson, who cowrote songs with the Dixie Chicks.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. It may be his poppiest and slickest work to date, but Golden Delicious is more proof that Mike Doughty still knows where to make the melodies twist and turn to find the sweet spot among the ridiculous, the sublime and the sad.
  2. 70
    Doughty’s fourth and best solo album gives up two keepers: the semi-absurdist 'More Bacon Than the Pan Can Handle,' with Stephanie Bischoff’s guest vocals sexier for sure than any synth weirdness Soul Coughing ever confabulated, and the mournfully understated Iraq opener, 'Fort Hood.'
  3. For fans who’ve followed the singer/songwriter since the demise of Soul Coughing, there’s a lot to recommend on Golden Delicious.
  4. To extend the title’s metaphor, Golden Delicious has the taste, but none of the bite.
  5. Golden Delicious confronts, rejects, and reinterprets his own past, which simply leaves me longing for a return to it.
  6. Eventually Doughty is going to have to do something about his lyrics, because "The moonlight shines like a luminous girl tonight/ Yeah, Jesus Christ like a luminous girl tonight" isn't going to hack it.
  7. The latest release from former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty isn’t quite as annoying as Matthews’s catalogue, but it comes close.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. JohnT.
    Apr 2, 2008
    10
    This album is fantastic!!!!! I wrote a song about your car, fort hood, Wednesday. Lots to like here.. great summer jams. Lighten up folks!
  2. [Anonymous]
    Mar 3, 2008
    9
    Interesting production, some excellent song writing. Most Soul Coughing of any of Doughty's solo work yet. In my opinion, better than Haughty.
  3. DSquared
    Apr 7, 2008
    9
    It's not easy to write megahits like Mike does, too bad the general public is missing out on such great work. He's a genius and this album small-rocks. Expand
  4. SpearsD.
    Mar 2, 2008
    7
    Good but not as good as Haughty Melodic.
  5. HeckE.
    Mar 9, 2008
    7
    Not as strong as Haughty Melodic, but a good record with some great moments stretched out across too much average material. Short running time and lack of any really stellar material earn this record a 7 for me. "More Bacon..." feels like a last minute filler for older SC fans and only has half the feel of the original band. Expand
  6. R.L.
    Mar 4, 2008
    7
    Dan Wilson, primarily, was the frontman for Semisonic. I think that's a bit more important than writing songs for the Dixie Chicks. Give the guy some credit. Expand
  7. MM.
    Mar 1, 2008
    1
    Sure, Dan Wilson's production is great as usual. Unfortunately, the greatest production in the world can't make up for bad songwriting.

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