Mayer Hawthorne ‎– A Strange Arrangement

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A Strange Arrangement
Prelude 0:25
A Strange Arrangement 4:13
Just Ain't Gonna Work Out 2:29
Maybe So, Maybe No 2:56
Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin' 3:01
I Wish It Would Rain 3:55
Make Her Mine 2:39
One Track Mind 2:03
The Ills 2:49
Shiny And New 2:56
Let Me Know 3:00
Green Eyed Love 3:50
Bonus 4"
Love Is All Right
When I Said Goodbye (Demo)

Versions (8)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
STH2219, STH4033 Mayer Hawthorne A Strange Arrangement(2xLP, Ltd + 4", Ltd) Stones Throw Records, Stones Throw Records STH2219, STH4033 US 2009 Sell This Version
STH2219 Mayer Hawthorne A Strange Arrangement(2xLP, Album) Stones Throw Records STH2219 US 2009 Sell This Version
STH2219 Mayer Hawthorne A Strange Arrangement(2xLP, Album) Stones Throw Records STH2219 US 2009 Sell This Version
STH2230 Mayer Hawthorne A Strange Arrangement(CD, Album) Stones Throw Records STH2230 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
STH2219, STH4033 Mayer Hawthorne A Strange Arrangement(CD, Album, Ltd + 4", Ltd) Stones Throw Records, Stones Throw Records STH2219, STH4033 US 2009 Sell This Version
none Mayer Hawthorne A Strange Arrangement(CD, Album, Promo) Stones Throw Records none US 2009 Sell This Version
STH 2237 Mayer Hawthorne A Strange Arrangement Instrumentals(LP, Album) Stones Throw Records STH 2237 US 2010 Sell This Version
STH2219, 6148402 Mayer Hawthorne A Strange Arrangement(CD, Album, Dig) Stones Throw Records, Discograph STH2219, 6148402 France 2010 Sell This Version

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spectralwaterfall

spectralwaterfall

May 4, 2017
edited 2 months ago
referencing A Strange Arrangement, 2xLP, Album, STH2219

There seems to be another Reissue. I dont have the one with the 'alligator skin' effect. Its just a usual LP.

I have to agree the LPs barely fit in it. Its even worse with different (anti static) inner sleeves.

The sound is also kind of feels "muffled". I am suprised about this. Its not really really bad ore something, but still i was suprised that it doesnt sound that good. It lacks dynamic and bass. Its the first record i ever had where i ALMOST put the Bass on my amplifier up, and i hate when someone does this usually.

On another Audio Setup with "Hi-End" Gear it sounded best with "Direct Audio Output". Which was almost really strange, the owner of that gear also told me he doesnt know any record where it is that way.

Otherwise: This is an amazing Album from a great artist. Its my personal favorite of his.
natedog42

natedog42

December 18, 2016
edited 7 months ago
referencing A Strange Arrangement, 2xLP, Album, STH2219

The damn vinyls barely fit into the sleeve, what kind of crap packaging is this.
electronicsurgeon

electronicsurgeon

March 23, 2011
referencing A Strange Arrangement, CD, Album, Ltd + 4", Ltd, STH2219, STH4033
I'm a music purist of sorts and I wanted to hate this, I really did. I mean, come on, a nerdy, hip white boy doing Motown? I assumed that this record would be lame and cheesy in the way Beck does funk and makes it ironic. NO WAY. I can see why PBW put this guy on his purist hip-hop label with only a 2 track demo. This guy has got it! He does Motown better than some of the later Motown artists themselves! All the songs are fuckin' great. Heartfelt vocals and arrangements-this guy just kills it. I think he played 90 percent of the instruments himself. I've heard that he kind of did this as a tribute to Motown and just did it for friends and family and wasn't going to release it. If you love Smokey, the Temps(when they were good),Gaye, 70's Blue Magic, just buy this. If you like any Motown, just buy this. Oh, and no, I Wish It Would Rain isn't the Temptations cover, tho I'd love to hear Mayer do that. Straight up talent and a well rounded knowledge of soul music made this guy put out an amazing record like this.
djjizmo

djjizmo

January 12, 2010
referencing A Strange Arrangement, CD, Album, Ltd + 4", Ltd, STH2219, STH4033
from Urb:
Mayer Hawthorne’s super-catchy single, ‘Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out,’ caused a frenzy when it debuted on a red, heart-shaped vinyl months ago. The music itself’the drums, the harmonies, the melancholic falsetto’displayed Hawthorne’s affinity for soul music and a penchant for song writing. His full-length debut, A Strange Arrangement lives up to high hopes and shows the Detroit native’s understanding of his hometown legacy.
Like old Detroit soul, A Strange Arrangement covers an array of styles: some are Motown-ish (’Your Easy Lovin’ Ain’t Pleasin’ Nothin’), some are teary-eyed love songs (’I Wish It Would Rain’), and some are up-tempo thumpers (’The Ills’). Hawthorne sings mostly in falsetto (except on ‘Let Me Know’) and the song arrangements fit the mood and lyrics accordingly. He even covers the mega-rare soul joint ‘Maybe So, Maybe No’ by The New Holidays. And while the 12-tracks aren’t perfect (namely an unneeded a capella intro and moments where his vocal limitations show), Hawthorne proves doubters wrong, showing that a white kid from Detroit who loves soul can produce it without sounding imitative or corny.
At worst, A Strange Arrangement has a couple lulls: at best, it’s one of the most enjoyable records of the summer. Highly recommended.