Interpreting The Masters, Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall And John Oates Image

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  • Summary: Inara George and Greg Kurstin cover eight Hall & Oates classic songs, including one original song influenced by the duo.
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  1. It isn't revelatory, but it's a natural fit that makes up for its familiarity with listenability and pure fun--no irony necessary.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    It's wink-free pop bliss. [26 Mar 2010,p.69]
  3. The Bird & the Bee manage to make these very familiar hits sound fresh without radically reinventing them. That in itself is a much trickier move than turning these all into slow acoustic dirges, but it's better still because these arrangements are true to both Hall & Oates and George & Kurstin.
  4. Under The Radar
    What's surprising is how few alterations are needed to elevate the material from its perceived uncool status to the near-classic Bird And teh Bee sound. [Spring 2010, p.68]
  5. As the title suggests, it's a covers album, fond and focused.
  6. The duo has never abandoned the cool reserve of music nerds, but their sound on this tribute has a different sort of ease and confidence; they've learned something from studying their pop music history books.
  7. They've delivered faithful, appreciative renditions, but the elephant-in-the-room question is why anyone would cop this disc instead of an H&O best-of.

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