Mayer Hawthorne, the project of Detroit's dj, producer and singer-songwriter Andrew Cohen, debuted with A Strange Arrangement (Stones Throw, 2009), a faithful
reconstruction of the sound of Motown soul of the Sixties that was entirely
performed and assembled by him in person.
Not a postmodernist meditation on a style but a straightforward nostalgic
imitation of that style, notably
Just Ain't Gonna Work Out, Maybe So, Maybe No,
I Wish It Would Rain,
Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin'?, One Track Mind.
How Do You Do (2011) was a better sculpted exercise in
blue-eyed soul revival influenced by
Steely Dan's lounge elegance:
and especially The Walk and
A Long Time.
Meanwhile the relentless Motown party sound lives on with
Dreaming and Hooked.
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