Entertainment Weekly - 2/28/03, p.79
"...The sound of weathered romantics chastened by years of business and personal turmoil..." - Rating: B-
Hall & Oates: Daryl Hall (vocals, electric guitar, keyboards); John Oates (vocals, guitar).
Additional personnel includes: T-Bone Wolf (acoustic guitar, bass); Sheppard (acoustic guitar, programming, sequencing); Todd Rundgren (acoustic & electric guitars); Billy Mann, Greg Fitzgerald (acoustic guitar); Jeff Catania, Mike Shimshack (electric guitar); David Sancious (keyboards); Jack Daly (bass); Mickey Curry (drums); Kenny Gioia (drums, percussion, programming, sequencing); Greg Bieck (programming, sequencing).
Recorded at A Pawling Studios, Pawling, New York and at Protopia Studios, New York, New York.
Personnel: Daryl Hall (vocals, electric guitar, keyboards, background vocals); Sheppard (guitar, acoustic guitar, strings, programming); Greg Fitzgerald (guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards, programming, background vocals); Paul Livant (guitar); Jeff Catania (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Paul Pesco, Billy Mann (acoustic guitar); John Oates, Todd Rundgren (electric guitar, background vocals); Mike Shimshack (electric guitar); Ken Gioia (strings, drums, percussion, programming); David Sancious (keyboards); Mickey Curry (drums); Mark Taylor , Peter Moshay, Robin Smith, Greg Bieck (programming); Audrey Martells (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Sheppard; Ken Gioia; Peter Moshay.
Recording information: Pawling Studios, Pawling, NY; ProTopia, New York, NY; Rive Droite Music, England; Stella Studios, England.
Photographers: Arthur Burrows; Dorothy Low.
Sure, there's been a lot of water under the bridge since such '80s Hall & Oates hits as "You Make My Dreams Come True," let alone '70s classics like "She's Gone" and "Rich Girl." That doesn't mean that Daryl & John can't still come out swinging in the 21st century. Songs like "Forever For You" and the title track of DO IT FOR LOVE are remarkable in a couple of ways. Not only do they maintain the same kind of blue-eyed-soul flavor that made the Philadelphia duo famous, but in fact they're closer to the sound of classic '70s soul than many of the artists contemporaneously being hailed as "neo-soul" traditionalists. Amazingly, the pair's silky-soulful vocal blend and pop songwriting acumen seem not to have lost a step since their glory days.