But we did get a couple chortles after reading his comment that Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. sing "wistful love songs reminiscent of Hall and Oates."
Peter Asher said Beach Boys, someone wrote Paul Simon with up-to-the-moment beats and another Prince. We say pop of the gifted variety. But Hall and Oates? H&O were terribly white "blue-eyed" soul with good locks (not the curly ones, tho!) whose unremarkable sound was a bland, faux-Philly excuse to get from bad Michael Jackson to even worse John Mellancamp on '80s FM radio. Hall and Oates were, however, a duo.
But in these times when everything's post post-modernist mashup cutup beat-maker spin, everything's good. Everything is real when nothing is. (Maybe what Pareles was on about?) Except, of course, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. They don't count. Just you wait.