Picks and Pans Review: Private Eyes

updated 11/23/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/23/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

Hall & Oates

If you're still hearing Voices—H&O's fine early-1981 album with all those hits—this album may be a letdown. For one thing, their new LP has no number as solid and hard-hitting as You Make My Dreams, one of their best cuts in their 12 albums together. Tunes like Looking for a Good Sign and Mano a Mano are slick derivations of a Temptations or Four Tops sound. It's not so much blue-eyed soul as heavily mannered pseudo-soul, a familiar lapse for this duo. What keeps Private Eyes from being a total stiff are the harmonically lush and instrumentally bright Friday Let Me Down and Tell Me What You Want. Well, as long as they asked: more rock, less shlock.

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