Mike G.

Sugar Daddy

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While occasionally finding that quirky unfinished quality that Beck found on his early recordings, Mike G.'s Sugar Daddy has a similar lo-fi charm. The darkly jazzy "Clothing Store Girl" opens and sets the pace for his strangely sincere girl-obsessed ditties, with the results being surprisingly over the top. Though probably more Johnny Polonsky than Jonathan Richman, Mike G. certainly has a fine melodic sense, with the lilting title track filling out nicely with piano, multi-layered vocals, and processed affects, almost coming off like another lost John Lennon demo. The fuzz-drenched glam rocker "I Hope" and the folky, harmonica-drenched "Plastic Monkeys have a cozy, home-recorded quality that make his talents all the more recognizable. While he employs a variety of textures, his more overtly melodic material, such as the perfectly slight "I'm So Into You" and the concise "Not the End of the World," probably find him at his best, as few tracks stretch out over more than two minutes. So, even if there is certainly nothing profound here, Mike G. has crafted a batch of instantly likeable and endlessly enjoyable tunes that, even if overly simplistic, show strong evidence of imagination.

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