-Their best song is "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)." That's a goofy song title. Their finest moment is the intro to that song.
-That intro in particular, and that song in general, are sort of on a knife edge as far as 80s production is concerned. Their synths and drum machines and sax solos are...okay. They're neither too badly dated, nor do they hold up stunningly. But then again you might not agree with my ideas of what holds up well as far as 80s production is concerned (Disintegration, The Joshua Tree, "In The Air Tonight.") I have been musing on the topic of 80s pop hits, and their datedness or lack thereof, since George Michael died and hearing all of *his* hits again made me take notice of how well the production on them seems to have aged, mainly because he didn't seem terribly over-reliant on badly dated synthesizer technology.
-"Maneater" doesn't bother me when I'm listening to it as background music, but it *is* sort of annoying as a radio/elevator music type of single? Why the hell is that?
-"Family Man" is a decent showcase for Daryl Hall's singing voice, which is generally one of the stronger aspects of their sound. He isn't annoying, as far as 80s mullet headed pop singers go.
-"Private Eyes" doesn't do that much for me. That was their song I was most familiar with before giving a few relistens.
-On a semirelated note, I found some old Capn Marvel review, can't remember which one, where he rants about how some album from the 80s, something like "YES IT WAS THE MID-80S WHEN EVERYTHING HAD TO SOUND LIKE SYNCHRONICITY, I KNOW" something like that. How true is that? I think Sychronicity mostly holds up well from a production standpoint, which is curious because of how it toned down Summers and Copeland's instrumental abilities, making the band a little more faceless and adult contemporary.
-I have to hand it to these guys, they didn't seem to repeat themselves too much as far as their hits go, stylistically...they're fairly diverse and artistic as far as 80s pop goes. That said I'm not really in love with 'em. They're just okay.