With the stunning No.
With the stunning No. 3 Billboard 200 launch of Ultimate Manilow, adults are obviously hungry for melodic music—and today's tastemakers aren't nourishing their appetites. Next in line: Daryl Hall & John Oates, with a hits collection that's neatly tied to the duo's VH1 Behind the Music episode. This 17-track collection includes many of Hall & Oates' signature songs: "Say It Isn't So," "Maneater," and "Out of Touch," for example, as well as three new recordings, the first from the pair since 1997. But concert versions of "Kiss on My List" and "She's Gone" are sorry substitutes for the originals, and, except for a live (albeit nine-minute) reading of Paul Young's hit "Every Time You Go Away" (written by Hall), this set is a poor cousin to the 18-track The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates (RCA) that was released just last year, which sticks to the hits comprehensively. This is one instance where the latest collection isn't necessarily the greatest.—CT