Album Review: “Private Eyes” By Hall & Oates
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At Their Peak
For their tenth studio album, Hall & Oates delivered the goods with “Private Eyes” on September 1, 1981. It’s consistent and creative. Although its predecessor “Voices” became a massive hit, the pop music duo didn’t bother repeating the same formula. On the contrary, while “Private Eyes” is still rooted in pop-soul, it was undoubtedly more polished. “Voices” helped lay down the foundation for “Private Eyes” and the result is a sharper, more refined record.
Their years of experimenting finally paid off. With its vibrancy and energy, the LP captured the early ’80s sound perfectly. It’s Hall & Oates at their peak. Some songs may sound dated but overall, it’s still an enjoyable listen. “Private Eyes” is a strong and solid effort, even the deep cuts have their own charm.
Daryl Hall told Rolling Stone, “It was great. We were vindicated. We were accepted on our own terms. To all those people who said, ‘Those guys are on their way out,’ we said, ‘You guys is wrong.'”
Highlights: Private Eyes, I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do), and Head Above Water.
It has enough hooks to stay in your head for days, definitely one of the most unforgettable songs in the duo’s catalog.
I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)
It’s another gem in the album and one of those that aged pretty well.
Head Above Water
The song’s addicting from start to end.