How Do You Do - Mayer Hawthorne
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  • Summary: The first album on new major label Universal Republic for the Los Angeles-based soul singer includes a guest appearance by Snoop Dogg.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
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  1. What we're hearing here is the Temptations turning into the Delfonics--the way his midrange gives up the verse and his falsetto takes the chorus is as nice as his boyish sexism.
  2. 83
    L.A. retro soulster Hawthorne hasn't led a major-label deal smooth out its quirk. [Oct 2011, p.119]
  3. Oct 21, 2011
    80
    He succeeds in creating a soul revival with a refreshing modern day twist done so right.
  4. Oct 7, 2011
    70
    How Do You Do is another solid step in the right direction for Hawthorne, who shows that soul music is universal and devoid of colour, as we all can relate to difficulties and heartbreak.
  5. 70
    His vocals are slightly generic yet the songs are solid and when he shifts into falsetto, you'll take a time trip back to the 60s heyday of this sumptuous and frisky R&B that moves from the dance floor to the bedroom.
  6. Oct 11, 2011
    70
    From its suave title to the very first words on it--"So here we are/ It's the end of the night/ Yeah, I had a good time, too/ You know, it doesn't have to end here"--Mayer Hawthorne's amusing new album comes across like a pickup line uttered at last call.
  7. Oct 10, 2011
    50
    Hawthorne just doesn't have the vocal chops to pull off an otherwise solid album.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. Oct 27, 2011
    9
    This is a very soulful album. I'm impressed on how soulful this guy is. This is probably the most soulful album of the year. I'm glad that he is on Stones Throw Records, where the label is the home of Madlib, MF Doom, and the legendly J Dilla. Collapse
  2. Jan 22, 2012
    9
    I've been really impressed with this album, and I initially just played it at work because it set a nice mood, I would normally listen to hip hop but at work that isn't everyones favorite, but after its had a lot of time to marinate I've come to really appreciate this as the best modern day Motown sound I've heard in years. My favorite song is the short one, "we're through"?, not sure if thats the name. Awesome soulful sound for singing in your house on a lazy Sunday. Nice. Expand