After spending several years on hiatus, Hall & Oates
reunited in 1997 for Marigold Sky
, their first album since 1990's Change of Season
. Where its predecessor found the duo struggling to stay contemporary, Marigold Sky
finds them relaxing into maturity, recording a collection of appealingly smooth, well-crafted soul-pop. There isn't anything as energetic as their early-'80s hits, nor is there anything unforgettably catchy, but it's a well-made album with a number of winning songs illustrating that even if Hall & Oates
are past their peak, they nevertheless are capable of making engaging music.