Daryl Hall & John Oates [Bonus Tracks]

by: Daryll Hall & John Oates

Switching to RCA, Hall & Oates recorded a self-titled album that fulfilled their early promise as pop-savvy blue-eyed soul craftsmen. A few of the tracks fall flat -- including the reggae-tinged "Soldering" and the pompous "Ennui on the Mountain" -- but much of the album is lush and catchy, featuring ballads and midtempo numbers that are nearly as engaging as the duo's breakthrough single, "Sara Smile." [The 2002 Buddha reissue features a pair of previously unreleased bonus tracks: demos of "What's Important to Me" and "Ice."] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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