Bird And The Bee
"Interpreting The Masters Volume 1: A Tribute To Daryl Hall And John Oates"

(Blue Note Records 2010)Bird And The Bee - Interpreting The Masters Volume 1: A Tribute To Daryl Hall And John Oates

The Bird And The Bee are pretty daring. Kind of. It's one thing to offer a single cover of a legendary band to a compilation or tribute album, but to create an entire album yourself covering only a single artist or group could be a bit much. Of all the bands they could have chosen, the duo selected Hall and Oates for "Interpreting The Masters Volume 1: A Tribute To Daryl Hall And John Oates." Needless to say, you really have to dig Hall and Oates' '80s pop for this to work.

Singer Inara George undoubtedly has the goods to deliver great vocals on the album. And she does. But when matched with the twinkly electronic pop instrumentation, everything moves but there's still a stiffness to it and definitely no spontaneity. The Bird And The Bee could easily have pushed the boundaries a little farther with these covers, remade them in their own image, but, alas, they fall short. The band tackle such requisities as "Maneater," "Kiss On My List," and "Private Eyes."

Credit where credit's due, The Bird And The Bee stick out their concept to the very end. And what's more, they don't change any of the pronouns in the lyrics ("she" doesn't become "he"). In those areas, and not to mention George's voice, The Bird And The Bee get all the respect due to them. But "Interpreting The Masters Volume 1" is so by the book and rather predictable that it's boring. All The Bird And The Bee did was take '80s pop with some synths and make it '10 pop with lots of synths.

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