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Hall & Oates

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Private Eyes

 
          

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Not that I expect you to feel sorry for them, but Daryl Hall and John Oates are victims of the pretty-boy syndrome. Gratuitous prettiness arouses primal jealousies and unflattering suspicions about intelligence, moral fiber and how some people gain undeserved breaks because of high cheekbones.

Not only are Hall and Oates pretty, but they make music that matches their looks. No matter what stylistic phase they're going through (pop-folk, soft soul, R&B, AOR-rock, gussied-up New Wave), their stuff has always been terminally well-groomed, impeccably… Read More

crafted and professional, oh yes. Even the albums that didn't sell so hot (quite a few, actually) sounded pierced by the Billboard bullet. Private Eyes does, too.

Like the two LPs that preceded it, the new record features a bizarre hybrid of island rhythms, arena rock, Al Green, the Four Tops, the Raspberries and a smattering of Suicide. Most of this aural intrigue will probably be ignored, though, because the music is so pretty. That's okay. For the most part, Private Eyes deserves to be ignored.

Hall and Oates' best projects have generally been a Mexican standoff between steam and frost. In contrast to last year's quirky Voices, however, Private Eyes' fascination with posturing and being cool snuffs out the flame. The title tune is a perfect example. As usual, it's a story written from the foxholes of psychic intimacy. Also as usual, there's a wonderfully literate economy to the lyrics. The hard-pop music kicks in fast, punctuated with the imaginative percussion that Hall and Oates have taken such an interest in over the past few years. All signs point to an imminent arrival, a peak, a grudging display of heart. None comes. Same story in the Four Tops-style "Looking for a Good Sign," "Some Men," "Head above Water" and the rest of the cuts, to a lesser degree.

Speaking of fire and ice, few pop singers can capture their fusion like Daryl Hall, when he puts his mind to it. Hall has all the mannerisms and sensuous agility of a soul crooner – and the distance of a taciturn extra in a Scandinavian art film. The latter characteristic dominates Private Eyes. "Your Imagination" percolates with irritation over a paranoid lover, especially at the hair-raising start of the sax solo. But Hall's vocal nonchalance seems out of place, and this casualness cripples the entire album.

Still, even with LPs like Private Eyes, Hall and Oates deserve more respect than they generally get. Daryl Hall is such a natural singer that sometimes the sheer gorgeousness of the sound is enough: e.g., "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)." Hall and Oates' songwriting certainly doesn't put a premium on originality, yet there aren't many composers who can curl all those strands of popular music around each other and avoid knots ("Tell Me What You Want"). Comparatively speaking, these guys represent a bright and lucid moment on today's commercial


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11 Tracks 1. Private Eyes 2. Looking For A Good Sign 3. I Can't Go For That (no Can Do...
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Rca Pd84028; Slight Surface Marks/ Leichte Kratzer De, *1981
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Netherlands
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Cover Is Creased. Vinyl Has Slight Wear But In Very Good Condition Uk, Rca, Rcalp6001, 1981
  LP   VG/VG+ Desirable
United Kingdom
$4.67     Details
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Lyric Sleeve. Rca, Afl1-4028, 1981
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United States
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Uk, Charisma, Cas 1111, 1975
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Rca, Afl4028
  LP   VG+/NM Nick's World
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1981 Rca, Afl1-4028
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Rca, 4028
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R inner Sleeve / Faces Label Rca Afl1-4028, 1981
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Dh black Label / Lyric Sheet Rca Acalp-6001, 1981
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United States
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Includes The Custom Inner Sleeve With Lyrics. Usa, Rca, 54028
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1981,"i Can't Go For That",lyric Sleeve,slrw Rca Afl1-4028
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United States
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1981,"i Can't Go For That",lyric Sleeve,slrw Rca Afl1-4028
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Rca
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Includes Lyrics Rca 4028
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0 stereo--inner Sleeve---in Shrink With Custom Stickers (shrink) M- Ca, Rca, 4028
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  LP   VG+ VG+ Bad Cat Reco
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Phillipines Pressing Rca Victor, 1005, 1981
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Custom Printed Inner Sleeve; With Merchandise Insert Rca Victor, 4028, 1981
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United States
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Record Sleeve In Good Condition Uk, Rca Records, Rcalp 6001, 1981
  LP   VINYL IN EXCELLENT CONDITION MyRecordBox
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$7.77     Details
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Germany
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  LP   M-/M- Bill Owens
United States
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France
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$8.95     Details
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11 Selections Lyrics On Inner Sleeve Cover Excellent. Usa, Rca, 4028, 1981
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Rca Records Rcalp6001 Inc Insert
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Hall & Oates private Eyes Rca, Afl1-4028, 1981
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Hall & Oates private Eyes Rca, Afl1-4028, 1981
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Daryl Hall & John Oates Private Eyes (1981 Uk 11-track Vinyl Lp Including The Classic Hit I ...
  LP   EX TO MINT eil / esprit
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$12.45     Details
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$13.40 - $22.00      Details
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L-3425 lp Rca Afl1-4028 1981 M- Very Slight Cover Wear Special Order
  LP   CDExpress
Netherlands
$13.40     Details
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R-3426 lp Rca Afl1-4028 1981 Nm Inner Sleeve / Faces Label Special Order
  LP   CDExpress
Netherlands
$15.86     Details
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Dh-19022 lp Rca Acalp-6001 1981 Nm Black Label / Lyric Sheet Special Order
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Netherlands
$22.00     Details
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Lp Vinyl, Hall & Oates: Private Eyes, Rca 8090/japan/obi Strip/lyric Insert/'81... Private Ey...
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United States
$15.40     Details
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Rca Rcalp 6001
  LP   EX/NM DUANE HOBDEN
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$16.34     Details
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Rca Nl 90079
  LP   EX/M DUANE HOBDEN
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$16.34     Details
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Rca Afl1-4028
  LP   Vintage Viny
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$18.00     Details
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1981 Venezuela Rca 10201527 Venezuela, Rca 10201527
  LP   NM NM Latin Collec
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$24.00     Details
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2014 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Original Master Recording, Numbered Limited Edition, 11 Track Hyb...
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United States
$28.84     Details
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2014 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Individually Numbered Limited Edition, Original Master Recording...
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United States
$29.87     Details
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Mobile Fidelity
  LP   NEW GrooveNet
United States
$29.60     Details
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Uk Rca Rcalp6001 Rare Gold Embossed Stamped Demo - Full Lp 1981
  LP   M/M CDandVinyl
United Kingdom
$31.75     Details
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