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CD Review: Mike Doughty 

Golden Delicious

The Deal: Former Soul Coughing frontman releases follow-up to '05s Haughty Melodic.

The Good: Bouncing between fun-and-flighty and more in-depth, Doughty has always used humor and plays-on-words to get across his message. His signature vocal style is intact and fans should be happy with the latest effort. He borrows the chorus of "The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In)" for the opening track, "Fort Hood," with an effective result. The album's first single, "27 Jennifers," is swarming airwaves with its humorous undertone – didn't we all go to high school with a ton of girls named Jennifer? You've got to love some of the song titles in themselves – "More Bacon Than the Pan Can Handle," "I Just Want the Girl in the Blue Dress to Keep on Dancing" and "I Wrote a Song About Your Car" among them. There are elements in his music that could be compared to the laid-back styles of Dave Matthews, G. Love and Jack Johnson, but Doughty remains a unique musical mastermind.

The Bad: The only thing bad is that more people aren't taking notice of Doughty's talents.

The Verdict: Take notice. Doughty has the hard-to-find ability to lean toward pop while keeping his indie cred intact.

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