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

Cover albums are a tricky bunch. You have to pick the right songs and do the right things to them to pay full tribute to the originals yet still make them your own. American Idol has almost fully ruined the cover song genre by begging performers to be original yet not butcher the originals. The Bird And The Bee have found the ultimate way to do the cover album: an entire album of songs by one artist. It's like doing a greatest hits album but only by another artists. Hall & Oates are an incredibly talented duo and the music they created in the 80's is timeless and The Bird And The Bee have done an excellent job showing off their love for this guilty pleasure. These guys combine their 70's and 80's styled pop with perfect production to reinvent these classic tracks without alienating the feel of the original tunes. "Kiss On My List," "Maneater," "Private Eyes," and "I Can't Go For That" are all awesome renditions of the Hall & Oates classics that show off just how great of a band these guys are. The disc is labeled "Interpreting The Masters, Volume 1" which hopefully means that Greg Kurstin and Inara George will be interpreting many more great artists and classic songs.