The neo-soul Mayer Hawthorne effectively recorded on his first record falls flat on his second long player, “How Do You Do”. The melodies aren’t nearly as catchy, the material is weak, and for a soul singer Hawthorne has a mediocre voice. He covered this up on his last album with strong lyrics and bouncy hooks. There’s none of that here–this is a pedestrian effort from a pedestrian artist. If you’re looking for some contemporary soul, check out Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Ellis Hooks, Alice Russell, Kylie Auldist, or any number of artists first. Then, get Hawthorne’s debut and if you really can’t get enough of his wimpy voice, check out “How Do You Do” from your local library.
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