I was wrong. It’s a good album. I hadn’t fully realized this until I looked at my Audioscrobbler stats and saw that Mike Doughty has become my second-most-listened-to artist, solely on the strength of Haughty Melodic, right after Dave Matthews Band and right before Hell on the Nine Mile. (The top ten is rounded out, in order, by Elvis Costello, U2, Lyle Lovett, Tom Waits, Patty Griffin, Johnny Cash, and — it pains me to write this — The Border Brass.) The first four most-listened to tracks are all from Haughty Melodic. (Dave Matthews Band doesn’t make an appearance until #76. DMB is high on the artists-listened-to list but low on the songs-listened-to list because I listen to my library in Party Shuffle much of the time, and rarely select any DMB songs.)
Live and learn.