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Daryl Hall & John Oates
"Private Eyes"

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Year of Release: 1981

track listing
  • Private Eyes
  • 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
  • Unguarded Minute
  • Your Imagination
  • Some Men

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    "Private Eyes"

    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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