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Editors’ Notes

Voices heralded a new era for Daryl Hall & John Oates. Their transition from ‘70s AM soul men to the ‘80s’ most successful pop-rock architects occurred on this album. Voices pairs the best of Hall & Oates’ ‘70s work with the best of their ‘80s work. “How Does It Feel To Be Back” and “Everytime You Go Away” resound with the rapturous moans and groans of their ‘70s rock ’n’ soul, while “United State” and “Gotta Lotta Nerve” show just how easily the duo adapted to the snappy sounds of new wave. As with most Hall & Oates albums, there was at least one song that couldn’t be summed up with a simple list of references. Here, that song is “Africa,” which sports a throbbing proto-club rhythm that updates Motown for the Tron era. Of course, it was “Kiss On My List” that provided a singular bridge between the two eras, and served as the cataclysmic single that would push Hall & Oates into platinum territory and introduce them to the MTV generation.

Customer Reviews

An experience( one of my fave H&O)

Daryl and John show the world what it's like to write real and eccentric music. When listening to the album, you'll be amazed that the songs are on the same one. Each with a unique sound. It is not uncommon to have utopian visions or feeling your head fizz with positive energy when you hear the reminiscent sound of "How Does it Feel to Be Back" , "Big Kids" and "United State" have that jumpy punk rock rythym that everyone loves to connect with once in a while. You will be able to fully jam and party in your room when "hard to be in Love with You" seeps into your brain and gives you that unexpected but well accepted confidence boost we all need. Segueing into "Kiss on My List" might remind you of all those women (or men) that you have had something a little less than a crush on or maybe simply desired one kiss from them. The harmonizing of their voices is impeccaple on this one and the "lalalas" will make your head spin with pleasure. Promise. Next is the spunky and amusing beat of "Gotta Lotta Nerve" which almost embodies a 50's sound with the opening Acapella. The song's hoppy beat increases throughout and the lyrics are sometimes outrageous (You're such an A-1 Lover, Since when are you perfection)...H&O really show their dedication to soul with their new version of "You've Lost That Loving Feeling", this is the part where you want to lean back in your recliner and ponder the events of the last 17 years of your life( in my case). Anyway, Kelly McGillis would definitely have been wooed by this one. I'm sorry tom. Following that comes the one everyone knows, the catchiest and most "feel happy immediatly" song there is. You'll know exactly what I'm talking about in the first second you listen. Gospel inpired, "Everytime you Go Away" proves that Daryl and John are probably the most successful men in evoking emotion in other men. Hugging is a prime activity, Everytime this song is played. Finally, John is able to take us on a journey to "Africa!" This song is a crazy adventure and is a release of comedic energy after the epic "Everytime you Go Away" Listen for the Lion King sounding harmonics near the end! To shbang their first self-produced album, the loving duo end with Diddy Doo Wop, which might bring anyone back who's still "hung up on the duke of earl" to their prime. With clever allusions and John Oates baritone "yeahhh" the song seems the perfect formula of wit and eccentricism. The important thing is not the summary of the sounds however; nor decripition of the lyrics. This is a journey you must take for yourself. Daryl and John's sounds cannot be explained in words but, the ecstatic tingling and excitement will surely touch everyone in someway.

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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