℗ 1988 Arista Records, Inc.
Ooh Yeah! Tracklist:
Just like all the albums before it; this was a very good album. I can listen to it front to back with out skipping around. Will it appeal to everyone not so much, but in my opinion one of their best.
Maybe not their best, and perhaps past their "prime". But it has at least 3 very good songs, and really showcases Daryl's voice. Downtown Life, Everything Your Heart Desires and Missed Opportunities are recommended. Had not listened to them since literally H2O and constant Solid Gold appearnces, but a college roommate played it over and over, so it grew on me. Even during the arrival of grunge and U2/REM supremacy. Many may feel H&O are dated, but an underated group. Staying power is evident if you ever catch Daryl's web program on net.
The vocals were excellent, the lyrics decent but typical. The music is stuck in some narrow 1980s crevice of time however. The first listen was pretty cool, but I tired quickly of the same crashing snare drum making the same sound on virtually every track (I'm in Pieces the exception.) By the third listen, I was bored. I guess nobody could get enough Prince in those days.
Ooh Yeah! This is a great album. I disagree with the itunes review. I really like the song writing, production and Daryl Hall's voice. Hard to pick a favorite I love every song. One of their best albums in my opinion :)
I agree that this album seems to have gotten a bad rap (back then and now). So, rather than dwell on something that cannot be changed let's examine the good tunes! "Downtown Life and "Rockability" are both uptempo, full-sounding rock/pop/soul hybrids that led off each side of "Ooh Yeah!". Great songs! "I'm In Pieces" & "Keep On Pushin' Love" truly show the influence of working with The Temptations with soaring, pleading vocals courtesy of Daryl. These two songs are truly overlooked and underrated in the H&O catalogue. "Missed Opportunity" & "Talking All Night" are both breezy little pop songs that would sound great while you're driving with the top down - check 'em out as well! It's funny, I think the weakest track is the single - "Everything Your Heart Desires", but hey- obviously some people liked it... All in all, there's 6 good tracks here!
Missed Opportunity is excellent, emotional and true. All these years later the clean sound is as refreshing as ever. These deeper tracks are what makes Itunes so rewarding, a deeper listen yeilds more than I ever knew existed.
The iTunes review of this album seems a bit hastily cobbled together. The grammatical errors notwithstanding, it seems to be ignorant of an exceptionally positive review of "Ooh Yeah!" in Rolling Stone magazine. Readers with good memories will recall this review praising the album up one side and down the other, paying careful attention to the opener and closer, "Downtown Life" and "Keep On Pushin' Love", respectively. These are just two of the highlights on a consistently excellent album, as catchy and indeed, much more soulful than its predecessor, "Big Bam Boom". One could imagine this album having been made in the pre-"Voices" era, but its polished production reminds us that, yes, this is a modern piece of blue-eyed soul, after all. Nearly four years after their last studio album, Hall and Oates suffered not from bad reviews but from a fickle listening public that had moved on. The singles, "Everything Your Heart Desires" and "Missed Opportunity", still did well and got adequate airplay, but the album's overall sound wasn't quite hip enough for a young crowd, nor did it remind older fans enough of the duo's glory-day records like "H2O" or their masterpiece, "Private Eyes". Nevertheless, the patient listener is eventually rewarded, as ballads like "I'm in Pieces" rank among the best the pair have ever written. Also, the aforementioned "Downtown Life", grossly misinterpreted in the RS review (which accused it of taking a "cheat shot" at Lou Reed - anyone who listens to the lyric carefully will see that this is a ridiculous notion) is one of those songs that, like H&O's best, stay with you all day long, its chorus going through your head again and again. Had this album been released a decade earlier, it would have been hailed as a visionary r&b classic. As it was, it remains a lost gem, and the beginning of Hall & Oates: the low-key years.