By 1982, Hall & Oates had become an established chart force with a distinctive style that mixed new wave, soul, rock and pop into a cohesive style that no one else could duplicate. This style is its full flowering on “Maneater,” a 1982 smash that bended pop genres in a typically Hall & Oates style. The lyrics advise against the charms of a femme fatale who is alluring but lethal (“the beauty is there but a beast is in her heart”), culminating in the ominous warning offered by the chorus: “Oh-oh, here she comes/Watch out boy she'll chew you up, Oh-oh, here she comes/She's a maneater.” The music puts forth this tale in a sultry style, blending verses that swing along in a gentle but insistently rhythmic style with a call-and-response chorus that adds a sing-along hook with out forsaking the song’s moody feel. Hall & Oates give the song an appropriately atmospheric treatment on their recording of “Maneater,” using choppy, reggae-ish rhythm guitar and a one-two beat to give the song a pulse but smoothing out the sound with careful synthesizer layering and plenty of smoky saxophone work from Charlie DeChant. The final touch comes with the duo’s vocals, with Daryl Hall providing an impassioned, soulful lead vocal that is fleshed out by plenty of doo-wop harmonic frills on the chorus. The end result has elements of soul, new wave, pop and rock but synthesizes them into one seamless sound that appeals to listeners of all kinds. This approach helped “Maneater become Hall & Oates’ fifth #1 hit. It remains a favorite on rock radio and a signature example of their unique style.