At this point in his career, Mayer Hawthorne has managed to make three solid solo albums (and a few pretty good collaborative ones) that have allowed the Ann Arbor native to bounce seamlessly between sub-genres of soul, funk and R&B. His debut record--2009's A Strange Arrangement--featured him tackling '60s soul with a fantastic croon that brought him worthy attention. His 2011 follow-up, How Do You Do, broadened the palate with the introduction of 70s-era grooves reminiscent of Hall & Oates (more on that in a moment). Then 2013's Where Does This Door Go saw Hawthorne take his R&B grooves into the adult contemporary sector, adding in some hip-hop elements and collaborating with Kendrick Lamar just for good measure. On his most recent LP, Man About Town, Hawthorne has double back to the silky smooth styling of Hall & Oates to craft a pitch-perfect nostalgia trip to late '70s and early '80s blue-eyed soul.

Beginning with the crooning choir title track and followed swiftly by the sultry flutter of 'Cosmic Love,' Hawthorne establishes himself as a sincere replicator of the sound that made the famed Philadelphia duo so popular. However, rather than outright copying, Hawthorne does what he has done best in the past and casts his music under a certain aesthetic: in this case, that aesthetic would seem to be California.

Even when the album enters its nighttime, romantic groove moments, such as on the aforementioned 'Cosmic Love' or 'Lingerie & Candlewax,' the tracks have a certain coastal air beneath them that lends Man About Town to being a terrific soundtrack for a late evening drive with the moon roof open and the windows down.

The one thing Man About Town would seem to be lacking is an absolute knockout single. A Strange Arrangement had 'Just Ain't Gonna Work Out.' How Do You Do featured maybe his biggest hit to date, 'The Walk,' as well as the disco ode to Detroit, 'A Long Time.' Where Does This Door Go brought the sensual groove of 'Her Favorite Song.' As close as Man About Town gets to track like this is the superb 'Love Like That.' The bouncy, zinging synths are reminiscent of his work with Tuxedo, while the drum machine definitely cops the signature sound of the famous intro beat to Hall & Oates' 'Kiss On My List.' It is a close to a standout as this record has.

But just because Man About Town is lacking in highlights does not that mean it is an unworthy ride. The record is a cool, slick highway that takes listeners through a litany of white boy reggae ('Fancy Clothes'), Motown soul ('Book of Broken Hearts') and more. Hawthorne has once again proved himself as a superb purveyor of funky jams that will please the ear and the spirit.