Something Else! sneak peek: Daryl Hall, "Talking to You" (2011)

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Apparently playing live on his addictively watchable web show “Live from Daryl’s House” has had an impact on Hall.

He performs with a crisp, uncharacteristically loose sound on “Talking To You (Is Like Talking To Myself),” the lead single from Hall’s forthcoming fifth solo recording, Laughing Down Crying. That’s in keeping with the friendly, free-form performances that populate “Daryl’s House,” which recently won a 2010 WEBBY Award in the variety category, and a world away from the synthesized urban pop that helped make Hall and Oates a signature act of the 1980s.

[SOMETHING ELSE! REWIND: Call them a guilty pleasure. (We have.) But the truth is, there’s more to Hall and Oates than the sum of their blow-dried caricature.]

Hall retains every bit of the pop-song finesse that gave that duo a truckload of hits back then, and his voice sounds surprisingly resilient after all of these years. The compact verse, in a thrilling development, also recalls the joys of 1980’s Voices, Hall and Oates’ first foray into a melding of doo-wop, soul and new wave.

It’s a welcome return to form for Hall, who hasn’t put out a solo studio effort in more than 10 years.

Talking to You is Like Talking To Myself by Sneakattackmedia

Laughing Down Crying, set for release on September 27 via Verve/Forecast, is available for preorder through iTunes now. Hall was joined in the studio by co-producers Greg Bieck (Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child, Ricky Martin) and Paul Pesco; the late T-Bone Wolk, Hall and Oates’ long-time bassist, also worked on the tracks “Lifetime of Love,” “Wrong Side of History” and “Problem With You” from Laughing Down Crying. Wolk, a collaborator with Hall for three decades, had also worked with Billy Joel, Carly Simon and Elvis Costello.

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