Thursday, April 01, 2010

Rock N' Soul Personified

It's the perfect hybrid of evolution.
Blue-eyed soulsters turned Pop Rock purveyors, with no roots reduction.
Hence the Rock N' Soul tag.
A defining moment for Daryl Hall and John Oates, brewing a melodic melting pot
of equal parts Pop and Rock with just the right amount of Soul and trimmings of
old school R&B, stamped with the H&O seal of approval.
Sure, it's chockfull of mainstream goodness, but it's ICONIC mainstream goodness.
Not only the hit singles make you tingle (the hypnotic "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" and the title track), but the exceptional "non-hits" that should've been ("Mano A Mano," the quirky "Did It In A Minute" and the pulsating "Your Imagination"), as well as the excellent album tracks ("The Unguarded Minute" comes to mind).
It's tightly wound, well-crafted Pop crammed full of tasty guitars (courtesy of G.E. Smith) and the elastic yet tight rhythm section of (the late great) Tom "T-Bone" Wolk and drum man Mickey Curry. Throw in delicious keyboard flourishes and sax-a-licious workouts from Charlie DeChant, and you've got the perfect Pop ploy.
And with Daryl Hall on spot-on vocals from start to finish, ably assisted by Oates, you just can't go wrong.


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