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Do It for Love

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Hall & Oates

Do It For Love

Current Status:
In Season

We gave it a B-

With Reagan-era nostalgia on the rise, Daryl Hall & John Oates picked a good time for a comeback. But they’re not the same men they were during the early days of MTV. More acoustic soul than the Motown hand-me-downs they pumped out in the ’80s, Do It for Love is the sound of weathered romantics chastened by years of business and personal turmoil. At times, the smooth-groove appeal remains: ”Man on a Mission” and a version of the New Radicals’ ”Someday We’ll Know” have the ardent falsetto harmonizing and hooks of old. But after a strong start, the CD settles into a lite-FM haze of drowsy songs and light-as-meringue arrangements.