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The blue-eyed soul of Hall & Oates took a new-wave turn on this 1979 release, yet another Top 40 album for the most successful duo of the rock era. Includes the #18 hit Wait for Me plus Portable Radio; Number One; Who Said the World Was Fair ; one previously unreleased track, and one ultra-rare B-side!
Top Customer Reviews
It was a "change of styles" so to speak, as the follow up to "Along the Red Ledge". David Foster is behind the board again for this excellent CD. It contains the one "hit", Wait for Me, but the rest of the CD was largely ignored. It's sad, becuase when this came out in late 1979, radio stations were force feeding me songs like Escape (The Pina Colada Song) and Funkytown! We all could have been listening to X-Static! I was younger and didn't know better. Thankfully, I went to my local Record Bar and bought the 8-track. Later in life, I was fortunate enough to get the CD. If your a H&O fan, so should you.
High spots include "Woman Comes and Goes" and the John Oates' penned "Portable Radio". For the next CD, radio was not able to hold them back any longer, but people who had "X-Static" at that time already knew that these guys had a great sound!
Buddah presents 2 excellent bonus cuts and some nice liner notes. This CD should have been more of a success, but "Who Said the World was Fair?".
As most of the reviews have mentioned, you can break this album down into 3 categories:
Pop/Rock - You'll notice that D&J are both doing vocals on these songs which is what makes them sound so different from their 80s hits. Also, some of these songs border on punk because of Robert Fripp's influence from the Sacred Songs albums. There are times when you'll question who's singing (as the liner notes point out, "No Brain, No Pain" could easily be mistaken for a Talking Heads song)!
1. Woman Comes And Goes
4. All You Want Is Heaven
9. Hallofon (instrumental intro) / 10. Intravino
12. No Brain, No Pain
Disco - The intros of these songs are almost interchangeable and sound very much like the dance music Dan Hartman was doing in the early 80s
3. Portable Radio
5. Who Said The World Was Fair
6. Running From Paradise
Soul - This portion of the album is standard H&O fare
2. Wait For Me
11. Time's Up (Alone Tonight)
The one stand-out for me was 7. Number One. There's such a strong reggae influence that before the vocals start, you could swear this was a Police tune!
So while, this albums wasn't exactly polished lyrically or musically, it does serve as a very good time capsule of the late 70s punk/disco/new wave sound which would later become the blueprint for so much 80s music.
Most recent customer reviews
This Album holds it's own with the best music Hall & Oates has ever done. You should never expect artists to do the same thing over and over again and this album is way diffrent... Read morePublished on May 3 2002 by N. C Kratzer
One of my favorite Hall and Oates albums and one of their most underappreciated. Most people will recognize Wait for Me, but won't be familiar with the rest of the album. Read morePublished on April 16 2002 by TC3
With X-STATIC, their 1979 album, Hall and Oates got caught in the middle of a raging battle between disco and rock. Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2001
Dance-rock at it's best (no, it's not a 'disco' album...) with bonus tracks from the Buddah Records version of this CD. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2001 by TomAzon