Release Date: Aug 30, 2011
Record label: Megaforce
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Pop/Rock
Prior to the release of his fourth studio album, ex-Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty sent out a press release that highlighted some key points concerning Yes and Also Yes' creation. The tone of the 11-point list, which leaned toward the comedic, but with Doughty’s signature dark wit, dutifully reflected the timbre of Yes and Also Yes' 14 tracks, a solid collection of smart, sardonic, occasionally sweet gems that play out like a career overview. Opening cut and single “Na Na Nothing,” which was supposedly “partially stolen from a song written by Nikki Sixx, Dan Wilson, and Matt Gerrard,” is built off of a clean, winning hook set atop a bed of acoustic guitars and propelled by a thick backbeat that leans hard on '90s alt-pop.
Mike Doughty came to a sort of prominence leading the band Soul Coughing, and it’s obligatory to refer to him as being ex- of that band, which disbanded a decade ago for a number of reasons. By this point, though, he’s recorded more music as a solo artist, and it might be that his post-band career will be the era that has a more lasting impact. He’s developed a specific sound over the last decade that is sleekier and more listener-friendly than his Soul Coughing work, but not entirely divorced from the bounce of that band.