You're Not Ready
Label: Universal Records
It's only right that Mayer Hawthorne breaks out his Michael McDonald impersonation on How Do You Do: Both aspire to soul music that's authentic and without "blue-eyed" qualifiers, and redefined that category in the process. He hasn't changed since 2009's A Strange Arrangement, but this album is better produced, and songs like "A Long Time" have stronger musical arrangements. His retro-soul persona is still gimmicky, but that's not a bad thing: The '70s doo-wop of "Get to Know You," and Snoop Dogg's off-key vocal on "Can't Stop" are cute and cuddly in all the right ways.