Interpreting The Masters, Volume I: A Tribute To Daryl Hall and John Oates.
As a teenager, my appreciation for the bubbly pop wonderbread of Mr. Hall and his modest sidekick John was not something shared by my peers. I now happily leave it to Inara George and Greg Kurstin to explain what I knew all along.
The effervescent pair kicks off their DHJO homage with an original “Heard It On The Radio,” a tune whose perky electronics and coy references to “Kiss On My List” set the mood for what follows. From there it’s all covers — “Maneater,” “Kiss on My List,” “Sara Smile,” etc. — each one lathered in synthesizers and dense vocal tracks. It’s lush pop perfection, just as it was with their debut disc and the wonderful follow-up from two years ago.
Only one complaint. The nine songs on this album clock in at exactly 30 minutes. That’s taking the brevity of radio pop a bit far. It’s a very pleasurable 30 minutes, though. We’ll just file this under EP then (much like 2007’s equally short Please Clap Your Hands).
Here’s a bit of trivia about Inara that I just learned. Her father, Lowell George of Little Feat, died when she was five. Jackson Browne, in turn, wrote: “Of Missing Persons” as a tribute to her loss. “They’re walking slow in Houston…” That line stuck for obvious reasons.
Anywho, this CD is tons o’ fun if gooey pop is your thing.