The Bird And The Bee
Interpreting the Masters Vol. 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates - Blue Note
FILTER Grade: 84%
By Lauren Barbato on March 16, 2010
Volume 1 represents a then-and-now in pop music, a genre once inspired by soul and now consumed by dance. The Bird and the Bee don’t so much recreate Hall & Oates as they modernize them, taking the strictly adhered-to hooks and coating them in shimmering synth lines. “Sarah Smile” still retains the smooth R&B sensibility, but the harder-hitting beats paired with Inara George’s airy vocals on “Rich Girl” deepens the irony on this sunny classic.