CD Interpreting the Masters, Vol. 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates * (CD 6300464),
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Interpreting the Masters, Vol. 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates *
The Bird and the Bee
1. Heard It On The Radio
2. I Can't Go For That
3. Rich Girl
4. Sara Smile
5. Kiss On My List
7. She's Gone
8. Private Eyes
9. One On One
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 6262342
Personnel: Inara George (vocals); Greg Kurstin (keyboards, drums, programming).
Audio Mixer: Greg Kurstin.
Recording information: Echo Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
The very title of Interpreting the Masters suggests that the Bird & the Bee are digging into a catalog of a widely respected pop songwriter -- a Burt Bacharach, perhaps, or a Jimmy Webb. That's not the case: children of the `80s that they are, singer Inara George and producer Greg Kurstin have chosen Daryl Hall & John Oates for the first volume of Interpreting the Masters, a sly move that reveals both their age and intended audience -- i.e., ex alt-rockers raised on new wave and now settling into a tasteful, hipster middle age, hauling around kids dressed in Ramones t-shirts -- and a reflection of Hall & Oates' increasing reputation as soul-pop songwriters and record-makers. The Bird & the Bee don't dig deeply into Hall & Oates catalog -- there's none of the burnished folk-rock of Whole Oates, nor do they pluck album tracks like "Looking for a Good Sign" off of Private Eyes -- they simply choose the biggest hits, then give them a slyly modern update, one that consciously recalls the modernist new wave productions of the duo's biggest hits yet fits within the Bird & the Bee's nicely tailored AAA pop. So if Interpreting the Masters, on the surface, provides no surprises, why is it such a wonderful surprise as a whole? Perhaps it's because the Bird & the Bee manage to make these very familiar hits sound fresh without radically reinventing them. That in itself is a much trickier move than turning these all into slow acoustic dirges, but it's better still because these arrangements are true to both Hall & Oates and George & Kurstin. The Bird & the Bee illustrate just how much they've learned with their introductory original "Heard It on the Radio," a song about the tunes they're about to sing that holds its own with the covers, but the heart of the album lies in these covers of `80s staples: they shift the spotlight just enough to prove how good both the original song and singles are, and by never drawing attention to their own performance and arrangements, the Bird & the Bee prove just how good they are too. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Entertainment Weekly (p.69) - "[I]t's wink-free pop bliss....Inara George's intimate voice makes this almost sound like an 'unplugged'-style revelation." -- Grade: B+
Billboard (p.32) - "[T]he sprightly Bird & the Bee original that opens the set 'Heard It on the Radio,' expresses the group's love for FM radio as it pays homage to Hall & Oates."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Where this really shines is on the late-night, blue-eyed soul....It all slides down nicely..."
Paste (magazine) (p.75) - "This record is the aural VIP room where the musical genius of The Bird and the Bee hang out with the lounge lizards and create a cool new cocktail."
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