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Daryl Hall & John Oates
© RCA Records
Year of Release: 1981
Looking For A Good Sign
I Can't Go For That
(No Can Do)
Mano A Mano
Did It In A Minute
Head Above Water
Tell Me What You Want
Friday Let Me Down
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Daryl Hall & John Oates' Private Eyes gets the nod of approval this week, as the title track (and other tunes
from this album) became popular in 1981. The very late Seventies/early Eighties were the peak years for H&O. The title
track, "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" were two songs that reached #1. The other hit that received major airplay
was "Did It In A Minute."
As for the other tracks: "Looking For A Good Sign" has the distinctive soulful upbeat fsRock of Hall & Oates.
"Mano A Mano," "Head Above Water," are just "OK songs." "Tell Me What YoU Want" I just didn't seem to enjoy,
especially the beginning of the song -- At first I thought the CD was stuck; it was one line/one beat that kept repeating
over and over again for a while.
"Friday Let Me Down" sounds more of a Pop Rock tune, than the soulful sound Hall &
Oates is famous for. "Unguarded Minute" is better, having a more recognizable sound, that of Hall & Oates. Not
exactly pure Soul, but it's easily noted when heard, as a Hall & Oates tune. "Your Imagination" is even better;
it's continuous beat keeps the flow. The last track, "Some Men" is also upbeat, but not your standard Hall & Oates
song, as compared to other popular songs, or even more soulful ones.
Private Eyes sounds more of a Pop album, rather than Soul. Hall & Oates have had some great "rockers," yet it's
their soulful touch that makes their songs great. The song "Private Eyes" and "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)"
are rockers in their own rights. ("I Can't Go For That" does have a more soulful approach than "Private Eyes")
Hall & Oates achieved better with age. Their later albums (the ones that really didn't achieve any major hits) could probably
be considered a more favorite than the albums released in their "peak years" of the late Seventies/early Eighties.
Private Eyes although is a fairly good albums, Hall & Oates have other ones that are better.
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