Ah yes, the dreaded yet unique "Along The Red Ledge" album. Everyone seems to have a different opinion about this one, there's a cut n paste below from a fan's blog that has some great insight. A little bit of everything on this album from soul to r&b to rock and even new wave. "It's A Laugh" is one of Hall's all-time greatest penned alone and the hit "I Don't Wanna Lose You" is about as perfect a pop love song as you can get, A black sheep album among their catalog but one worth checkin' out....The Horror!!
Hall & Oates’ first album to be produced by David Foster, the talented multi-instrumentalist/composer who has also overseen albums by dozens of artists in a variety of genres. Most of his work is clean, professional & MOR (middle-of-the-road). He may not be a cutting edge producer but he usually delivers very commercial music and he was an excellent choice to work with Hall & Oates at this point in their career. Along The Red Ledge is also their most consistent (and consistently enjoyable) collection of songs since Abandoned Luncheonette and deserved a wider audience, but again they didn’t deliver that one killer single that would have helped raise its profile. With 7 out of 10 songs worth discussing in detail, it has the highest hit-to-miss ratio of all the albums covered in this post, and it’s the first of their ‘70s RCA records that I would recommend to anyone just discovering this era. - Kamer Tunes blog