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100 Albums: "Yes And Also Yes" by Mike Doughty

Kurt is going through his favorite records. Read the explainer or view the master list.

Artist: Mike Doughty
Title: Yes And Also Yes
Released: 2011
Genre: alternative acoustic rock


Soul Coughing was one of the stranger bands to come out of the 90s. They had two major hits, the poppy Circles and the fun-if-incomprehensible Super Bon-Bon. After they disbanded, singer Mike Doughty got a rental car and an acoustic guitar and started playing shows and selling burned discs of his first solo album Skittish. 19 years and 17 albums later, he's still going strong and playing weird, poppy, acoustic-driven rock over (with the occasional dash of avant-garde EDM).

Yes And Also Yes sits nicely in the center of the Venn Diagram consisting of these circles: weird enough to be interesting, poppy enough to sing along with, and suitable to play in front of my kids. In fact, Strike The Motion was my oldest child's favorite song at one point in his short life. Weird Summer has an anthemic vibe. Vegetable is an odd groove. Rosanne Cash drops in to guest on Holiday (What Do You Want?) which is actually a fairly compelling holiday song. And, because it's the guy from Soul Coughing, whose lyrics are all basically existential poetry anyway, you get this delightfully odd little turns of phrase like "She doesn't fall in love, she takes hostages" from The Huffer And The Cutter. All in all, it's a fun, breezy, easily-listenable-yet-highly-engaging record. It very nearly has an adult-contemporary feel to it.

Further Listening: I haven't heard much of his other solo stuff, except Circles, which is basically him covering Soul Coughing's greatest hits, but on the strength of this I should probably check it out.

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