Daryl Hall & John Oates
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Hall & Oates were the perfect group for 1982, a year that saw lite R&B, crunchy new wave, and eccentric synth-pop all sharing space at the top of the charts. H20 returns to the biting guitar and crisp drums that made Private Eyes a success, but here the sound is tempered by sweeter hooks and more pillowy synths. Songs like “Italian Girls” go right to the verge of cheese, but Hall & Oates keep enough edge and self-knowing wit about them to prevent anything from becoming too sappy. The album’s smash single, “Maneater,” is a song that flirts with smooth jazz but stays taut enough to make it all feel just right. Elsewhere, Hall & Oates lay the blueprint for the era’s every musical trend: jittery Elvis Costello-esque pop (“Delayed Reaction”), the stadium power ballad (“Go Solo”), even quiet storm R&B (“Open All Night”). “One On One” is the confection that no one else ever managed to replicate. Even with its syrupy glisten, the song’s skeletal beat and disarming sincerity make for something indelible. Under every style was the always-ingenious songcraft and infectious melodies that keep these songs fresh for the future.
This is it for me
Not only my favorite H&O album but one of my favorite all-time. This one would go with me on a deserted island. I wore this album out when I was a kid.
Hall & Oates are outstanding!
I chose to buy this album mainly because it featured the two singles "Maneater" and "Family Man". When I listened to the third single, "One On One", I was impressed. This whole album is great and has really catchy pop tunes. The bonus tracks are also a nice addition!
Class act since the She's Gone
Hall & Oates are my favorite duo. This album is a MUST for any Hall & Oates fan. All of the songs are top notch as the band moved so successfully throughout the 1980's. If your thinking about buying this album: WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR. Even the bonus tracks are top notch. Maneater, One On One and Family Man, the extended versions are excellent. My favorite band of all time. Period. By the way, when on Earth are these guys are going to be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? They should have been in there when it began in '86.
Formed: 1972 in Philadelphia, PA
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s