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This self-titled album, the duo’s fourth, took Hall & Oates back to the blue-eyed soul sound that had been mostly missing from their previous album, the Todd Rundgren–produced War Babies. This set's breakthrough hit, “Sara Smile,” gave Hall & Oates name recognition and proof that they had commercial potential, if it were properly tapped. The album was also their first for RCA Records, which would eventually figure out what to do with them. (Atlantic hadn't been able to find them a comfortable niche—though the excellent Abandoned Luncheonette would benefit from the post-“Sara Smile” rerelease of “She’s Gone.”) In later years, Hall’s “Grounds for Separation” from this album was sampled by Kanye West in his song “Fight with the Best,” while Oates’ “Alone Too Long” was chosen as the theme song for the HBO program Hello Ladies. From the gorgeous smooth rock of “Camellia” to the "bonus demos" “What’s Important to Me” and “Ice,” this album largely succeeds as a mix of smooth singer/songwriter folk-soul-pop and modest rock. 

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


I have this album on cassette, its worth the 10 bucks to get it here too. Awesome!


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 that adhered to soul traditions without being a slave to them, incorporating elements of new wave and hard rock. Daryl Hall began performing...
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