- Released: August 28, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Rolling Stone - 11/15/903.5 Stars
- Very Good
- 1.So Close
- 2.Starting All Over Again
- 3.Sometimes A Mind Changes
- 4.Change Of Season
- 5.I Ain't Gonna Take It This Time
- 6.Everywhere I Look
- 7.Give It Up (Old Habits)
- 8.Don't Hold Back Your Love
- 9.Halfway There
- 10.Only Love
- 11.Heavy Rain
- 12.So Close (Unplugged)
Hall & Oates: Daryl Hall (vocals, guitars, mandolin, keyboards, tambourine); John Oates (vocals, guitar, bongo, clay drums)
Additional personnel includes: Tom "T-Bone" Wolk (guitar, piano, bass, percussion, tambourine, background vocals); David A. Stewart, Waddy Wachtel, Jimmy Rip (guitar); Bobby Mayo (organ, keyboards, background vocals); Benmont Tench (keyboards); Mike Braun (drums, percussion).
Producers include: T-Bone Wolk, Daryl Hall, John Oates, Danny Korichmar, Jon Bon Jovi, David A. Stewart.
Engineers include: Larry Alexander, Ross Hogarth, Bob Cadway.
Hall and Oates only album of the '90s is in some regards a drastic stylistic break from their hitmaking '80s work. The duo's pop and soul influences are still here in abundance, but the gargantuan, synth-laden productions and the flirtation with hip-hop elements are gone; in their place is a vastly pared down soundscape, heavy on guitars, acoustic piano and Hammond organ.
In other words, this is a straightforward rock album, not all that different from, say, mid-period Springsteen. High points include the wistful "So Close," done electric to open the album and unplugged to end it, the Memphis soul-inflected "Starting All Over Again," a fairly overt homage to Sam and Dave, and "Only Love," a sort of New Wave country song with a discreet fiddle in the background.