Hall & Oates - Beauty On A Back Street (1977)
An interesting album in Hall & Oates discography, but one of my favorites nonetheless. It’s often overlooked or dismissed by fans due to Hall & Oates themselves labeling it the “worst album they’ve ever made”, a statement I wholeheartedly disagree with. This album is probably the most rock-oriented of the band’s entire catalogue, with tons of great guitar work all over it thanks to John Oates (who, outside of this album, really never gets a chance to show off how great of a guitarist he is). The album also sees the band taking their usual blue eyed soul and throwing in elements of glam rock, hard rock, and even prog. And yet, it all fits together incredibly well, with not a single track being anywhere close to weak. Sure, the album may have a lot more in common with Daryl Hall’s solo work from this period than it does with Hall & Oates’ other albums, but it’s still a criminally underrated record that’s in dire need of critical re-evaluation.
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