Hall and Oates
Atlantic SC 7269
Released: October 1973
Chart Peak: #33
Weeks Charted: 38
Certified Gold: 10/5/76
Daryl Hall and John Oates, two young white Philadelphians, have recycled the essence of that city's good R&B music while retaining their white sound.
Two other songs are potential hits: "She's Gone" (a song with a super-hook), and "Las Vegas Turnaround" (about a man who doesn't want everyone to "come on and fly" his stewardess girlfriend). On the former, Hall and Oates show off the wide range of their vocal technique, and their arranging skill, which creates an intriguing cresscendo that (surprisingly) leads back to the verse instead of the hook.
- Robert Agualio, Rolling Stone, 4/9/74.
This comes down to a nice equation of folk duo and soul falsetto group, brought together with the best vocal and production pyrotechnics a studio can afford. The music rocks with a smooth sophistication, although it can get sententious as well as popsy cute; the lyrics diagnose romantic malaise with clinical expertise and occasional acuity -- "Everybody's high on consolation," perfect. If not too perfect. B-
- Robert Christgau, Christgau's Record Guide, 1981.
It very well may be true, as critic Paul Nelson has suggested, that Daryl Hall is so chic that, were he writing Moby Dick, he'd make the whale off-white. But this Philadelphia duo owes more to hard rock and streetcorner soul than any of its disco-based hits indicate; because their albums present such a decorative surface, songs sometimes blend togetherin an unnecessarily mellow mélange. Their early records for Atlantic are erratic (the Chelsea sides include a goodly number of Daryl Hall demos and very little of his work with John Oates). The high point is, of course, the oft-recorded "She's Gone," an upbeat soul ballad worthy of the Spinners; it's included on both Abandoned Luncheonette and No Goodbyes, a collection released by Atlantic to cash in on the greater success the team has enjoyed with RCA. * * *
- Dave Marsh, The New Rolling Stone Record Guide, 1983.
Abandoned Luncheonette, Hall & Oates' second album, was the first indication of the duo's talent for sleek, soul-inflected pop/rock, featuring the single "She's Gone," which would become a big hit in 1975, when it was re-released following the success of "Sara Smile." * * *
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine, The All-Music Guide to Rock, 1995.
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