Review: Where Does This Door Go by Mayer Hawthorne

Where Does This Door Go by Mayer HawthorneMayer Hawthorne’s done well with his take on swinging Motown, transplanted to a bubblegum sensibility, so it’s interesting to see him attempt to put a little more grit in his latest release. Well, not really, since Where Does This Door Go is still as gooey and smooth as he ever was before, but in between guest turns from Kendrick Lamar and Jessie Ware, and production from Pharrell Williams, it’s as if he’s trying to get out of his bubble and appeal to a wider audience. This, his fourth release, might be his ticket to bigger things – there’s an irresistible swing to “Allie Jones” and “Her Favorite Song” – but his biggest drawback still remains: he’ll sound a bit like an identikit soul singer, and his attempts to sound a little more credible (not that he isn’t already) occasionally feels laughable. I don’t know. It’s enjoyable, but it doesn’t quite fit just right yet. [NB] | 3/5

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