If I knew how to write about any other genre of music besides hip-hop, I’d be writing paragraphs of wordiness about How Do You Do, the second full-length LP from Mayer Hawthorne. But I went to Rhode Island College and didn’t study journalism like I probably should have, so I plan to continue on with the lack of formality and non-existence of substance known to the common people as “blogging.”
Hawthorne’s debut, A Strange Arrangement, has been celebrated amongst my circle, so we’ve all had our eyes on his follow-up, especially once we heard the release was to be courtesy of Universal rather than Stones Throw, the indie imprint that helped establish Hawthorne as a famous falsetto. Surprisingly, though, I believe I’m the only one that has purchased his major label effort. And to be completely honest, when I was in the record store, my residual hatred for the video (it’s distracting) of the album’s second single, “The Walk,” had me skeptical of making the transaction.
Thankfully, I curbed my feelings towards the video and walked out of the store a proud owner of How Do You Do. After hearing the album in its entirety, I realized how it would be criminal of me to hold any ill feelings towards the album. Practically every artists misses with a video here and there.
Quickly moving on… The album is fantastic. I don’t know if I haven’t been checking in the right places, but based on the quality of the release I wish there was more positive publicity in circulation. Rightfully so, critics and fans raved about A Strange Arrangement, but I’m confident in saying Hawthorne’s latest twelve-pack of tracks is not only tastier than its predecessor, but also capable of quenching the thirst of Motown’s most dehydrated diehards. How Do You Do gives a great buzz, and it’s one that will never be followed by a morning of haziness. The D-Town salute “A Long Time,” “Dreaming” (I’d be amazed if this wasn’t the next single), and the Snoop D-O-Double-G collaboration, “Can’t Stop,” are just a few of the album’s shining moments.
I laugh every single time I hear Snoop say the lines, “And maybe we can get naughty / I’m so bossy, bossy.” Classic pimp shit.
All that said: How Do You Do > A Strange Arrangement
I have two weddings to attend within about a month, so it’s a blessing that Mayer Hawthorne dropped this video.
Now my dance repertoire is filled with many, many more moves than just my signature fingers-pointed-to-the-sky back-and-forth shuffle and the “freaks gettin’ busy on the dance flo’” move that Don’t Be a Menace…(7:59) taught me.
The name of the track is “No Strings” (download here) so if you’re playing this while you’re trying to get freaky, I think your partner will get the gist of your relationship plans.
Mayer Hawthorne and the County have released tour dates, check this siteout for your city. I’ll probably be heading to Los Angeles come November. Perhaps he can sign one of my many sweater vests. My sweater game is official.