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Daryl Hall & John Oates

Daryl Hall & John Oates

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Album Review

Switching to RCA, Hall & Oates recorded a self-titled album that fulfilled their early promise as pop-savvy blue-eyed soul craftsmen. A few of the tracks fall flat — including the reggae-tinged "Soldering" and the pompous "Ennui on the Mountain" — but much of the album is lush and catchy, featuring ballads and midtempo numbers that are nearly as engaging as the duo's breakthrough single, "Sara Smile."

Customer Reviews

Better than Abandoned Luncheonette? Yes. Perfection on 8track, but this will do just fine.

So smooth. Before Hall & Oates positioned themselves as an MTV slick, modern hit factory in the 80's, this came out. This is confident, soulful and mostly without gimmickry. A deeply analog sound, executed with a laid back touch, that didn't quite match the tenor of the times. And the album cover? For a real laugh find a copy of the lyric sheet that came with it. Strategy wise it wasn't the management teams best move, these guys always had a tough time presenting an image of themselves. As with all of their albums there are some misfires (most of the second half) to be sure, but overall this is the coolest album they released. The second single Sara Smile gets all the attention but the first, Camellia, soars.

Don't the album cover deceive

Yes the album cover is probably in the top 20 worst of all time in album covers but the is a great album. Hall and Oates are great. Buy this album if you don't have it

Biography

Formed: 1972 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

From their first hit in 1974 through their heyday in the '80s, Daryl Hall and John Oates' smooth, catchy take on Philly soul brought them enormous commercial success — including six number one singles and six platinum albums. Hall & Oates' music was remarkably well constructed and produced; at their best, their songs were filled with strong hooks and melodies...
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