ARTIST: Hall & Oates
TITLE: Whole Oats
YEAR RELEASED: 1972
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Goodnight & Good Morning, I’m Sorry
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: None
LINEUP: Daryl Hall, John Oates, Jim Helmer, Mike Patto
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Philly duo records debut album with soft blue-eyed soul and ballads to the fore. It didn’t make much of an impression.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: There are some cuts on this debut album from Hall & Oates that would fit right in with most of their output. Only the production changed – the songwriting and motifs didn’t change much. You can hear some hooks there too.
Hall takes most of the vocals, as usual, and has five solo writing credits to Oates’ two, also usual. So that’s really the same as it would be later down the road.
The album loses steam on the ballads where it’s mostly Hall or Oates as a solo artist. They seem a bit treacly and sappy and the duo operate better playing off of each other. The production from Arif Martin is okay, but I could do without a heavy hand on some songs.
Nothing here is that memorable – the hooks don’t grab you. They’d improve on that for sure down the road.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The promo pressings actually called the group “Whole Oats” as that’s what they named their partnership at first. They wisely chose to use their names soon after.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: C: I’m exiling about half of this for now. You really could play this and not notice it for a while. The ballads really bring down the grade.