Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Daryl Hall & John Oates - Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid (1985)

 Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid
b/w All American Girl

Released: March, 1985 (RCA)
Written by: Daryl Hall
Produced by: Daryl Hall, John Oates, Bob Clearmountain
Album: Big Bam Boom

 U. S. Billboard Charts:
 Hot 100 18
 Adult Contemporary 17
 R&B 85

My favorite song from the Big Bam Boom album, this thing is typical Daryl Hall blue-eyed soul.  The big difference here is the production: there's a lot going on behind the vocals and it's all been heavily layered and run through an echo chamber.  So much that I don't know exactly how to categorize it.  It starts off as a sparse, moody ballad with light electronic percussion and a heavily processed, chugging guitar part. Then the drums and background vocals kick in at the chorus, turning it into a mid-tempo pop song without changing tempo.  There's a instrumental break full of production tricks then bridge after the second chorus, right where you'd expect it to be.  The bridge is over a heavy half-time backbeat drum solo, then, instead of going back to the chorus like it should, it rocks all the way to the end with a lot of power chords while the drums are brought way up in the mix. The whole Big Bam Boom album has been criticized for being over-produced, but even with all the chorus and reverb thrown at the mix, I love the overall sound of this single.

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