Half Notes: Hall and Oates – Live At The Troubadour (2008)

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I’ve written about this before, but Hall and Oates used to be on my list of guilty pleasures. Wait, better make that secret guilty pleasures. Super-secret, that is. There was no way I was going to let on to my friends — all of whom were heavily into stuff like Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, Foghat, and Ted Nugent — that I totally dug tunes like “Rich Girl.” Well, everybody grows up after a time and with that maturation process should come the realization that you just can’t help who you like. What’s that cliché? The heart wants what the heart wants? Yeah, I know … too often that’s applied as a sort of “rationalization salve” to wounds created by affairs of the heart. Luckily, my love of the pop and soul music of Hall and Oates has produced no such casualties — except for maybe my ‘indie cred’ as applied to my writing. But heck, since I never had any ‘indie cred’ to begin with, I was allowed to get excited about their return to the famed Troubadour in L.A. after 35 years.

‘Half Notes’ are quick-take thoughts on music from Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he originated several of our weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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