One Great Album; Among Their Top 5 All-Time Greats!
Frederick Baptist | Singapore | 11/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Coming right after their acrimonious split from Atlantic Records and the disastrously bad Todd Rundgren album "War Babies", Hall & Oates start out their RCA career with an excellent album; one that uncharacteristically for them doesn't have a single weak track. Every track is a soul classic and the musicianship is first class as well. The guitar work of Chris Bond and the excellent jazz-drumming work of Jim Gordon really stand out. Although "Sara Smile" is the track that frequently makes the best of compilations from this album, it's actually not among the stronger tracks. My favourite, "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" has everything you'd ever want in a soul song and speaks to me the most. Other stand out tracks are "Soldering", "Grounds For Separation", "Nothing At All" heck looks like I'm going to name the whole album so you get the idea just how great this album is. This version has been very well remastered and so has never sounded as good and the mini-lp sleeve packaging is a great work of art which comes with lyrics in both English and Japanese as well as the 2 bonus tracks which are also quite good. Highly recommended for soul lovers and Hall & Oates fans everywhere."