There is comfort in knowing that some things never change.
There is comfort in knowing that some things never change. Countless trends and world events have come and gone since Hall & Oates ruled the pop roost, but there is not a drop of evidence of such to be found on the duo's latest studio effort. From the lively, set-opening "Man on a Mission" to the Oates-performed, acoustic-anchored closer "Love in a Dangerous Time," the listener is offered breezy, highly competent pop-soul. The problem is that the material often sounds detached from time and emotionally disconnected. The melodies are fine, the hooks are usually memorable, and the lyrics are mostly innocuous—but none of it hits you in the gut or triggers any kind of real passion. It's easy to cruise through Do It for Love, enjoy it just fine, and then never feel compelled to revisit it—or even remember any of its songs. That's a shame, given the wealth of classic gems this fine duo has provided over the years.—LF