Mayer Hawthorne – Where Does This Door Go

A couple days ago I said Michael Kiwanuka's "Love & Hate" is my favorite album in the last few years. The last 3 years to be more exact. That's because "Where Does This Door Go" came out 4 years ago. Mayer Hawthorne's first major release is one of my favorite albums, period.

This album is the only one that doesn't feature Hawthorne as the sole producer. He is an incredible musician, but bringing the various musicians and producers in resulted in a much more complex and varied album. Though Hawthorne had plenty of input musically, as evident in the short making-of documentary (YouTube Link).

The genre of the album is hard to describe, blending funk, soul, hip hop, reggae and pop, with the primary genre varying from song to song. It's an amazing album, and even the songs that I considered skippable back in 2013, like "Robot Love," have become songs that I'll listen to on their own.

Standout tracks include, "Crime (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)," "Allie Jones," "Her Favorite Song," "Corsican Rose," and the vinyl-only bonus track, "Physicality," if you can track it down.

Mayer Hawthorne – Where Does This Door Go

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