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Releases of the Week, Week 3: Mike Doughty and B.B. King by 20watts
February 25, 2008, 11:36 pm
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Mike Doughty – Golden Delicious
Tangents that, eventually, fit together perfectly.

Musically, Mike Doughty is in a world of his own. He is able to blend so much together so beautifully.

The single from his newest album, “Golden Delicious,” was a remix of his previous song “27 Jennifers.” I don’t usually like remakes because I figure that if you’re planning on doing it again, why not just do it right the first time? But this one is different. This remix is classier and cleaner than the original and has more feeling.

And don’t be concerned if this cutesy song isn’t your favorite, it doesn’t reflect the entire tone of the album. Every track has something different. It is almost as if Mike Doughty was talking to himself and kept going off on random tangents that, eventually, fit together perfectly. His interesting lyrics could carry the album alone. There is a lot more organ on this album than on previous ones and it hits perfectly and leaves you with a feeling of satisfaction.

One problem is that his voice is rough and shouldn’t quite mesh with most of the songs but somehow it does – perfectly. Every instrument and each word flow together with amazing ease. Also, with songs like “I Got the Drop On You” he proves that he can mellow out and play something heartfelt and meaningful. Overall, this album is a hidden gem, everything flows together beautifully and the fact that Mike Doughty decided to change his style from previous albums proves that he knows how to read an audience.
Best Track: “27 Jennifers (2007)”

B.B. King – B.B. King: Live
Proves with this album that he’s still the King.

If you have ever seen B.B. King live you know how powerful his performances are. And if you never found the opportunity to see him in person… here it is. This album is just what the doctor ordered to cure all your music blues.

Mr. King has always been an idol of mine and having seen him twice I have to say that I have never been so moved just by being in the same room with such talent. This album can bring those same feelings to you. This version of “The Thrill is Gone” is jazzier and smoother than the previous studio recording and I wouldn’t dare say that it’s better but it comes very close to the 1970 version. King’s guitar skills are still unmatched and don’t seem to be slowing down anytime in the near future. Remember this man is in his 80’s and is still recording and touring. He is a magnificent performer and proves with this album that he’s still the King.
Best Track: “All Over Again”

– Zach

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