Hall And Oates - Marigold Sky

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edited November 2022 in Year-1997


ARTIST: Hall And Oates
ALBUM: Marigold Sky
LABEL: Push Records
SERIAL: 5034504101128
YEAR: 1997


LINEUP: Daryl Hall - vocals, guitars * John Oates - vocals, guitars * Dave Bellochio - guitars, keyboards, percussion programming * T Bone Wolk - guitars, bass * Shawn Pelton - drums, percussion * Paul Pesco, Ken Sebesky, Dave Stewart - guitars * Charlie DeChant - sax * Rob Mounsey - string arrangements

TRACK LISTING: 01 Romeo Is Bleeding * 02 Marigold Sky * 03 The Sky Is Falling * 04 Out Of The Blue * 05 Want To * 06 Love Out Loud * 07 Throw The Roses Away * 08 I Don't Think So * 09 Promise Ain't Enough * 10 Time Won't Pass Me By * 11 Hold On To Yourself * 12 War Of Words



A comeback album of sorts with pops perennial 'good guys' Daryl Hall and John Oates.

A permanent fixture in the charts during the early 80's, both guys had been relatively low key during the 90's, releasing only one album at the start of the decade ('Change Of Season' - 1990).

As with all their prior releases, there is an element of 'white mans soul' permeating the music, with the overall sound taking a laid back and smooth approach.

The Songs

There are a handful of songs which immediately stand out.

The hit single 'Promise Ain't Enough' captures the essence of the duo perfectly. A melodic backwash with subtle vocals.

Both the title track 'Marigold Sky' and 'War Of Words' are heartfelt moments, with a hint of the mid-west 'jangle' contained in them.

Vintage Hall And Oates can be heard on the pairing of 'Throw The Roses Away', a piano based ballad, and 'I Don't Think So', in which you can hear backing vcoals comparable to the those 70's soul groups.

'Romeo Is Bleeding' is perhaps their most AOR-ish effort, with a pulsing bass line and keyboard stabs.

Elsewhere, the other tracks are soul based, and don't raise any levels of energy. It's cruisy all the way.

In Summary

Yes, in summary, a 'nice' album, perhaps deemed to be too safe, but with enough interest to keep collectors happy.

Both guys are still busy at work, with John Oates about to release his first solo album during 2002 called 'Phunk-Shui'

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