Do It For Love 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… Do It For Love 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… 2003-02-11 Hall & Oates
Music Review

Do It for Love (2003)

Hall & Oates | '80S IN WAITING Hall & Oates traffic in nostalgia on ''Do It for Love''
'80S IN WAITING Hall & Oates traffic in nostalgia on ''Do It for Love''
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Feb 11, 2003; Lead Performance: Hall & Oates

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.

Originally posted Mar 21, 2003 Published in issue #698 Feb 28, 2003 Order article reprints
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