Mike Doughty – Golden Delicious

February 20, 2008

mikedoughtygoldendeliciousGolden Delicious is easily Mike Doughty’s best work since his time fronting Soul Coughing, and maybe even better than that. The basic sound he’s been playing with since his solo debut in 2000 is still here, Doughty with an acoustic guitar, but as with Haughty Melodic, his previous solo album, it’s fleshed out with a full band backing him. Doughty has always seemed at least one part Beat poet, and his unique vocals are in perfect sync with the funk and soul that informs most of the music to be heard here. Though it begins with an anti-war song, the moving “Fort Hood,” the mood on the album is mostly light, even joyous at times. It’s a feeling listeners might find very hard to resist. Standout cuts: “Fort Hood,” “I Just Want the Girl In the Blue Dress….” “27 Jennifers” and “Like A Luminous Girl.”



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