Where Does This Door Go

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Where Does This Door Go
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Studio album by Mayer Hawthorne
Released July 16, 2013 (2013-07-16)
Recorded 2012–13
Genre Neo soul
Length 51:54
Label Republic
Mayer Hawthorne chronology
How Do You Do
(2011)How Do You Do2011
Where Does This Door Go
Man About Town
(2016)Man About Town2016
Singles from Where Does This Door Go
  1. "Her Favorite Song"
    Released: May 21, 2013

Where Does This Door Go is the third studio album by American singer Mayer Hawthorne. It was released on July 16, 2013, by Republic Records.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
AnyDecentMusic? 6.9/10[1]
Metacritic 73/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club B–[4]
Consequence of Sound C+[5]
Exclaim! 8/10[6]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[7]
The Independent 4/5 stars[8]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars[9]
PopMatters 9/10[10]
Pitchfork 7.1/10[11]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[12]

Where Does This Door Go received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 73, based on 17 reviews.[2] Michael Gallucci of The A.V. Club stated, "For all of his apparent devotion to the genre, Hawthorne comes off somewhat soulless on Where Does This Door Go."[4] Derek Staples of Consequence of Sound stated, "For those awaiting more of Hawthorne's soul revivalism, his new carefree mentality has also had a positive effect on the songwriter's more straightforward soul affairs."[5] Ryan B. Patrick of Exclaim! stated, "With Where Does This Door Go, Hawthorne's falsetto-inflected voice has become more commanding, his production more intriguing and his indie-soul aspirations have morphed into mainstream ambitions."[6] Andy Gill of The Independent stated, "Hawthorne's muse is steeped in '70 influences—notably falsetto and symphonic-soul giants like Curtis Mayfield and Barry White, while trailing threads of piercing lead guitar through songs like "Wine Glass Women" and "Corsican Rose" bring to mind Ernie Isley's work on "Summer Breeze"."[8]

Zachary Houle of PopMatters stated, "Where Does This Door Go improves over his last effort, which was already pretty good to begin with, and may go down as one of the year's most exceptional releases. Where Does This Door Go is as refreshing as a tropical breeze, if not a good cup of joe at your favorite hangout."[10] Nate Patrin of Pitchfork stated, "Inconsistency or complexity? Depends on how much you believe in this music as sincere self-expression versus its status as smartly crafted, artist-as-listener-proxy pop."[11] David Jeffries of AllMusic stated, "Wherever this door does go, it is a place that calls for boat shoes, a relaxed attitude, and a returning fan's patience."[3] Harriet Gibsone of The Guardian stated, "Packed with cleverly crafted production, Where Does This Door Go may be a sonic adventure, but it's not quite slick enough to challenge the current crop of R&B luminaries."[7] August Brown of Los Angeles Times stated, "Where Does This Door Go feels like a once-promising OK Cupid date that's gone off the rails."[9] Mike Powell of Rolling Stone stated, "From modest goals come modest returns."[12]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 30 on Billboard 200,[13] and number four on the R&B Albums,[14] selling around 10,000 copies in its first week. It has sold 38,000 copies in the United States as of March 2016.[15]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Problematization"   0:15
2. "Back Seat Lover" 3:51
3. "The Innocent"
4. "Allie Jones"
  • Warren "Oak" Felder
  • Steve "Ace" Mostyn
  • Mayer Hawthorne
5. "The Only One"
  • Splash
  • Mayer Hawthorne
6. "Wine Glass Woman" Pharrell Williams 3:47
7. "Her Favorite Song"
  • Felder
  • Mostyn
  • Mayer Hawthorne[a]
8. "Ay Bass Player"   0:14
9. "Crime" (featuring Kendrick Lamar)
  • Felder
  • Mostyn
10. "Reach Out Richard" Williams 4:08
11. "Corsican Rosé"
  • Felder
  • Mostyn
  • Mayer Hawthorne
12. "Where Does This Door Go"
13. "Robot Love" 3:27
14. "The Stars Are Ours" Williams 4:31
15. "All Better"
  • Wells
  • Mayer Hawthorne
iTunes Deluxe Edition bonus tracks[16]
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "They Don't Know You" Williams 4:05
2. "Fool"
  • Hill
  • Mayer Hawthorne
3. "Kaila" Splash 3:57
4. "Small Clone"
  • Wells
  • Mayer Hawthorne
5. "Designer Drug"


  • ^a signifies a co-producer

Sample credits

  • "Robot Love" contains interpolations from "Put Your Love (In My Tender Care)" written by Bill "Fatback" Curtis.


Chart (2013) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[17] 81
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[18] 92
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[19] 57
US Billboard 200[20] 30
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[21] 10
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[22] 6


  1. ^ "Where Does This Door Go by Mayer Hawthorne reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved November 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Where Does This Door Go Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  3. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Where Does This Door Go – Mayer Hawthorne". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  4. ^ a b Gallucci, Michael. "Review: Mayer Hawthorne: Where Does This Door Go – Music Review". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Staples, Derek (Jul 16, 2013). "Album Review: Mayer Hawthorne – Where Does This Door Go". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved Jul 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Patrick, Ryan. "Mayer Hawthorne Where Does This Door Go – Exclaim!". Exclaim!. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Mayer Hawthorne: Where Does This Door Go – review". The Guardian. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Album review: Mayer Hawthorne, Where Does This Door Go? (Stones Throw / Island)". The Independent. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Review: Mayer Hawthorne's 'Where Does This Door Go' – LA Times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Houle, Zachary (2013-07-15). "Mayer Hawthorne: Where Does This Door Go". PopMatters. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  11. ^ a b Patrin, Nate. "Mayer Hawthorne: Where Does This Door Go". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b Powell, Mike. "Mayer Hawthorne Where Does This Door Go Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Billboard 200". Billboard. August 3, 2013. 
  14. ^ "R&B Albums". Billboard. August 3, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Where Does This Door Go (Deluxe Edition)". iTunes. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  17. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mayer Hawthorne – Where Does This Door Go" (in French). Hung Medien.
  18. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Mayer Hawthorne – Where Does This Door Go" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  19. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  20. ^ "Mayer Hawthorne – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Mayer Hawthorne.
  21. ^ "Mayer Hawthorne – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Mayer Hawthorne.
  22. ^ "Mayer Hawthorne – Chart history" Billboard Top Tastemaker Albums for Mayer Hawthorne.