Daryl Hall – Laughing Down Crying (Verve Forecast / Universal Music Canada)

To anyone born in the 70’s or 80’s, Daryl Hall has one of the most instantly recognizable voices in pop music. On Laughing Down Crying, his first solo record in 14 years, Hall sticks close to the formula that he helped make him the multi-platinum selling artist that he is. In listening to the record, there is a familiarity that will resonate with those familiar with the Hall & Oates catalogue. Tracks like Talking To You, Message To Ya and Lifetime of Love exemplify this rather well. And though I felt as though he treads into sonically dating himself on Eyes For You, Laughing Down Crying is an otherwise solid effort that shows Hall remains rather relevant in the bigger scheme of things.