Okay, so I’ve got to clear something up right now. Before writing this post, I was rummaging around on the internet searching for “Maneater” without the name of the artist, and VIOLA! No mention whatsoever of Hall & Oates. Instead, I get a search result pointing me to Nelly Furtado. I shrugged my shoulders and went for it – A mistake that would cost me 4 minutes of my precious life. The song was horrible! It wasn’t even *gestures with fingers to show minuscule size* THIS close to the original! Anyways, I closed it down and headed straight for the review, and here I am! So, let’s get started!History: “Maneater” is a song produced by the ‘quite’ famous duo “Hall & Oates” (Daryl Hall & John Oates) for their 1982 album titled “H<sub>2</sub>O“. The song went on to reach the Number One spot in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles charts (December 18, 1992). It stayed on the ‘Numero Uno’ position for four weeks, surpassing their previous record of three, courtesy of Kiss on My List. There’s only one version of this song, viz. the Minute 25 Second album version.
Review: The song starts off with the lead instrument – The bass guitar. Oh, you’re pretty shocked, huh? Well, it’s the truth. The bass guitar is used as the main lead instrument. The secondary ones being the saxophone, the synthesizer and the acoustic guitar. Now that you know, let’s start again. The song starts off with the lead bass guitar, which meets a synthesizer effect (00:11) and finally meets with the saxophone at 00:27. I have to say, the saxophone and the bass guitar make an exceptional pair, and they have worked wonders for this song. The lead melody is extremely catchy. In fact, if you just listen to the instrumental version of this song (Hard to find off the internet) you’ll be tapping your toes to this tune all day. It’s an awkward composition – a mixture of Classic, Jazz, Blues and Pop. But the genres seem to have matched perfectly, and given a brilliant output. Daryl initiates the vocals at 00:43, and I have to say, he has a terrific voice- Deep, smooth and crisp. His voice suits the background rhythm perfectly. The beats this song contains are on the faster side, but still seem to keep the momentum of the song at a slow pace. The first chorus starts at 01:27, the word ‘Maneater’ being heard for the first time. It loops twice, and goes in a brief instrumental interlude consisting of a couple of perky synthesizer effects. A couple of seconds later, the second stanza begins. The tempo of the song remains unchanged, which really adds to the effect it has on us. The song may seem to be on the slower side, but you can never get enough of it. For example, when I cycle, it’s my favorite song to listen to. The beats are fast, but the song is slow enough to keep you wanting more. The chorus starts for the second time at 02:15, and goes on till 02:36. The chorus does contain some quirky lyrics, “She’ll chew you up” being one of the most significant ones. That is, until you watch the Music Video of the song. And by God, it is hilarious! The lip sync is totally disastrous, and Daryl Hall’s onscreen phobia is more than noticeable. But hey, those were the 80’s. As long as there was music good enough to tap your toes to, anything could be forgiven. (And yes, I’ve kept the reason why “She’ll chew you up” a secret. Go watch the video for yourself and find out!) I have, as usual, provided a link for you. Getting back to the latter part of the chorus comes my favorite part – The sax solo. It starts at 02:43, and keeps your jaw hanging till 03:26. It takes you on a roller coaster ride from highs to mids, mids to lows and all over again. The chorus begins for the last time after a long “Ooooh” from John and it loops itself four times, Daryl adding some pieces of vocals in between, including that awesome “The Woman Is Wild, Oooh” part. The loop starts to fade, and the song gradually ends at 04:25.
Lyrics For “Maneater”: http://artists.letssingit.com/90210-lyrics-hall-and-oates-maneater-ogghckm#axzz2RxKykhzW
Download Link For “Maneater”: http://dave.ng.free.fr/Daryl%20Hall%20&%20john%20Oates%20(my%20best%20of)/10-Maneater(1982).mp3 (Right Click On Link, Click “Save Link/Target As”)
Link For “Maneater (Official Music video)”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRYFKcMa_Ek