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Hall And Oates - 1979 X-Static

ARTIST: Hall And Oates
ALBUM: X Static
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 2002, BMG (Japan), BVCM-37291


LINEUP: Daryl Hall - vocals, guitar, keyboards * John Oates - vocals, guitar * G.E. Smith - guitars * John Siegler - bass * Jerry Marotta - drums * Charlie DeCant - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Woman Comes And Goes * 02 Wait For Me * 03 Portable Radio * 04 All You Want Is Heaven * 05 Who Said The World Was Fair * 06 Running From Paradise * 07 Number One * 08 Bebop/Drop * 09 Hallofon * 10 Intravino


One of the more experimental Hall and Oates albums from a period where they were still refining the melodic direction they would undertake in the forthcoming decade. The soul leanings of their earlier work were almost obsolete, a fact reinforced by 1978's 'Along The Red Ledge' where the duo decided to harden their sound. 'X-Static' came a year later and contains a few disco-rock influenced tracks, some AOR and even an offbeat instrumental. It wasn't one of their most successful albums by any means, but this is still an intriguing and decisive melodic triumph.

The Songs
Opening pair 'Woman Comes And Goes' and 'Wait For Me' have both feet firmly in AOR waters, both up there with the smooth rock operators of the period. Nothing can rival the extreme melodic funk of 'Portable Radio' which might be one of the best five songs these guys ever wrote. Truly infectious, this is one of the most comprehensive late 70's odes to radio ever heard. Worth hearing for this alone. 'All You Want Is Heaven' is pure Toto in the intro and there's more disco inspired funk during the catchy 'Who Said The World Was Fair.' Quite the hard rock cruncher is 'Running From Paradise', which mixes blatant funk with hard rock riffs, and at nearly seven minutes is a lengthy workout, with some extended instrumental tangents. 'Number One' takes the popular Police, Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson new wave sound and far better than those punters I might add. Great mixture of styles here. Oates is showcased on 'Beebop Drop', more funk rock wizardry, but the instrumental 'Hallofon' is weird by Hall and Oates standards, with some ghostly synth use. 'Intravino' sees a stab at offbeat Tubes territory, very heavy rock with a touch of new wave again.

In Summary
Excellent album, and one of the last times the duo would try anything so radical, the next year 'Voices' was released and see them on the road to immortality, and well deserved, with a collection of essential melodic rock albums from 1980-85.

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#1 | Eric on February 13 2008 13:51:23
'Wait For Me' is one of the best songs they recorded imho and rec'd a lot of airplay back in the day.
#2 | jefflynnefan on February 15 2008 00:17:37
Hall and Oates are one of my all-time favorite bands. I've seen them live four times. They always put on a great show. I really like DH's solo albums as well. This is a great album right before they got some well deserved fame with there trio of albums, 'Voices', 'H20' and 'Private Eyes'. Best trio of albums right there with the Rolling Stones' trio 'Some Girls', 'Tattoo You', and 'Emotional Rescue'. A guy went broke around this time-lol.
#3 | jeffduran on October 13 2008 09:06:35
Yes this is amazing and very overlooked IMHO.
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