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Haughty Melodic

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Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well
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Unsingable Name
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Madeline and Nine
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Busting Up a Starbucks
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White Lexus
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American Car
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Tremendous Brunettes
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I Hear the Bells
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Sunken-Eyed Girl
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Grey Ghost
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His Truth Is Marching On
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Your Misfortune
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 43:04

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Great Album !

jea3

I always liked Soul Coughing but was never a die hard fan. This album by Mike (lead from Soul Coughing) has sories to tell in each song. You will love the lyrics, the music, Mike's voice or all three. You cannot go wrong with this album , it is a gem!

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Excellent

nathaniel.kraft

I have to disagree with some of my fellow members. Until this album, I didn't even know the lead singer of Soul Coughing's name. But I sure took note of it after I listened to this album the whole way through. I think its the best, over Golden Delicious and Sad Man, Happy Man. Really excellent vocals (his trademark) and incredibly well constructed, melodic songs (one would even say they are "haughtily melodic!" ;). Standouts, to me, are Busting Up a Starbucks, Tremendous Brunettes, and I Hear the Bells... but in my honest opinion, this is one of those rare creatures - an album that's solid all the way through, and that you will come back to again and again every few years.

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Perhaps it was the timming

Alzati

#1 Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well I discovered this song when I was on the run from New Orleans when Katrina hit. It has stuck with me ever since. I just like it. It also put be back in tough with the soul coughing stuff I had forgotten.

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Ehh.

fuzzy_edges

This album is way too ordinary to be considered a great album. I'm a huge fan, this album's just kinda bland. True fans of Mike and his previous endeavors will like tracks 4, 9, 10, and 12. The rest of this album is too bland and safe to be interesting. Really starting to distrust emusic's "Pick" tags, as "Golden Delicious" is a FAR better representation of what makes Mike Doughty so cool.

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Even better acoustic

captdef

I was lucky enough to see Mike at an E-Town recording in Boulder, CO a few years ago when he was touring for this album. I rank it as one of my favorite live performances. I've been a fan of Mike's work for years. E-Town shows involve an interview session with the artist, which provided a great opportunity to understand Mike's influences and what he'd been doing since Soul Coughing. To see him perform some of the songs on this album really made them shine. I personally think some of Mike's best work is solo acoustic, so it was a treat to hear these songs in such a format. Check out Skittish to get a feel for his stripped-down sound.

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Old Mike Is Better

coneus

Read Tania's review she nailed it.

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Love This Album

feriapixie

I can't stop listening to this album. Love some songs more than others, but they all keep growing on me. Worth the cost of enrolling in emusic and was a great & happy find.

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Bland

DerryG

The quirkiness that was characteristic of Mike Doughty during his time with Soul Coughing and the charismatic earnestness from Skittish (and his live performances) are both missing from Haughty Melodic. Compared to his previous releases, this CD is utterly bland.

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Good and Solid

Velvethope

I was new to Mike Doughty, but after buying this album (an actual physical copy. whoa) I went back and discovered him, so this album deserves four stars just for that! Like the review above me though, I do believe the album is a tad bit hit and miss. I much prefer the first half as opposed to the later half. Think of it as a tape you put in the car and you skip forward through side b to get to the glory that is side a. ;) Still, the songwriting is strong and I have to admit, I adore Mike's voice on most of these songs. Tracks 1, 2 and 8 are my favourites.

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lacking in anxiety

tania

this album is hit and miss. I've been a huge fan of Doughty's since early on in Soul Coughing (one of my favorite bands of all time) and I continued to appreciate his work as a solo artist. Some of these songs I very much liked in the one man band "small rock" format, Bottom of a Well, Unsingable Name, & Sunkeneyed Girl are probably my three favorites, but I must say I liked them all better in the small rock format. I just don't like the production on this record and the band backing him up is pretty cookie cutter. Still, on the better tracks, Doughty's style and delivery really carries through and makes for some songs that will really get stuck in your head. all in all, it's a decent record, but from such an overachiever I'd have hoped for more, especially given all the wait. Plus, it's lacking in the sort of anxiousness that really seems to make some of Doughty's songs so unique (if you get that?)

They Say All Music Guide

It’s been five years since the demise of Soul Coughing, and up to this point, Mike Doughty’s solo releases have been solo in the truest sense of the word: He is literally the only musician present. Haughty Melodic is Doughty’s first solo release to feature a band, making comparisons to his old band inevitable, but this really is a different beast. He’s still an excellent wordsmith, and still favors acoustic bass and taut drums. His delivery is pretty much the same, but with a bit more emphasis on singing and melody. The big differences are that guitars are much more prominent than on any Soul Coughing releases, the lyrics have a more personal perspective, and the additional sounds of the album come from warmer sources like piano, Fender Rhodes and horns rather than a sampler. Several of the songs originally appeared on the live Smofe + Smang album, but those versions were quite sparse: just voice and acoustic guitar. Here, they get the full rock treatment. The sound can still be fairly thick, like on “Looking at the World From the Bottom of a Well” and “I Hear the Bells,” but the acoustic guitar, piano and pedal steel of “White Lexus” are a far cry from anything Soul Coughing released. There are still some strange sonics, like at the end of “Busting Up a Starbucks,” but the overall sound is very organic with many acoustic elements. Doughty’s solo work shows an interesting development. Even with his rather drastic switch from hip-hop hipster beatnik to acoustic solo troubadour, Doughty retained a large part of his original fan base. Those folks will surely be pleased with Haughty Melodic, but even the people who didn’t take to Doughty’s solo career immediately owe it to themselves to check this one out. – Sean Westergaard

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