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7
Apr

Robert Palmer – Pride (1983) – Lp

Robert Allen Palmer (19 January 1949 – 26 September 2003) was an English singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. He was known for his distinctive, soulful voice, eclectic mix of musical styles on his albums, combining soul, jazz, rock, pop, reggae, blues, and sartorial acumen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Robert Palmer
Title:  Pride
Year:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  Island Records
Catalog#  205240

Pride is the seventh solo studio album by the British singer Robert Palmer. It was originally released in March 1983.

Pride certainly isn’t Robert Palmer‘s finest hour due to a number of uncharacteristically weak tracks, but it’s interesting enough in spurts, thanks to Palmer‘s eclectic nature. More than anything, the album works as an uneven middle ground between the crisp lo-fi electronics of Clues and the moody rock of Riptide. Perhaps here more than on his previous albums, the strong songs are forced to carry the weight of some lesser efforts. But the standout tracks are quite good: the invigorating and thoroughly catchy “Pride” shows an obvious Bahamian influence with its steel drums and unusual syncopation; “Deadline,” a clear sequel to “Looking for Clues,” is just as catchy and fun; “It’s Not Difficult” and “Say You Will” mine Gary Numan and Thomas Dolby territory, and both are fitted with addictive vocal passages. Palmer stumbles somewhat as producer, too often offering up cheesy synth horns and failing to end songs in a satisfying way. Too many of the songs simply stop on a dime, and others fade out randomly, giving the impression they’ve been edited for the airwaves or that they’re demos. Unlike most Palmer albums, Pride features some true stinkers: “Dance for Me” struggles awkwardly to be sexy; “The Silver Gun” makes no sense with its film score lite effects and Palmer singing in Urdu. Elsewhere, songs straddle brilliance and mediocrity. An example is the Kool & the Gang cover, “You Can Have It (Take My Heart),” which fails despite Palmer‘s wonderfully droll delivery, because it’s desperately underproduced and lacking punch. “What You Waiting For” is a near-classic, with a great off-kilter chorus, but somehow the song meanders into second-rate status.

 

Side one
1.  Pride   (3:27)
2.  Deadline   (3:53)
3.  Want You More   (3:26)
4.  Dance for Me   (3:42)
5.  You Are in My System   (4:20)

Side two
1.  It’s Not Difficult   (3:41)
2.  Say You Will   (3:46)
3.  You Can Have It (Take My Heart)   (3:07)
4.  What You Waiting For   (3:44)
5.  The Silver Gun   (5:33)

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21
Jun

Robert Palmer – Secrets (1979) – Lp

Robert Allen Palmer, (19 January 1949 – 26 September 2003), was an English singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. He was known for his distinctive soulful voice, eclectic mix of musical styles on his albums, combining soul, jazz, rock, pop, reggae, blues, and sartorial acumen.

robert palmer - secrets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Robert Palmer
Title:  Secrets
Year:  1979
Format:  LP
Label:  Island Records
Catalog#  200662

“Secrets” is Robert Palmer’s fifth solo studio album, released in 1979 and was recorded entirely in New Providence, Bahamas, and an island influence is apparent on a number of its songs. But for the most part, the album features some of Robert Palmer’s funkier stabs at R&B and soul ballads. The addictive “What’s It Take” gives the clearest sense of a tropical recording setting, and its juju mix of a pop beat and Caribbean rhythms brings a smile with each new listen; Palmer was apt to call it the most fun song he’d penned. The song’s theme of marital/relationship troubles crops up in almost every track on Secrets, but such repetition never becomes grating thanks to Palmer’s eclectic musical heart.

One can hardly imagine the aforementioned tropical “What’s It Take” sitting easily with an earnest cover of Todd Rundgren’s “Can We Still Be Friends?” and a passionate, scuzzy take on “Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor),” but of course Palmer manages to mix genres and tempos with his trademark flair.
These three songs are among the highlights of the album, but Palmer treads similar ground through the remaining songs, and expert sequencing along with Palmer’s subtle and clean production make for a cohesive whole. “Mean Old World” is a beautiful sleeper of a song, where Palmer nearly defines the blue-eyed soul genre.

The song’s uplifting tones and Palmer’s gentle voice together make for a track reminiscent of Nina Simone’s version of “O-o-h Child.” “Jealous” sees Palmer rocking out with endearingly edgy punk-inspired guitars. Palmer is as suave singing about paranoia and jealousy as he is about love, which makes the album a breezy delight from start to finish.
“Secrets” might not be essential like its successor, Clues, but its accessible nature, fine execution, and honesty mark it as another fine moment in Robert Palmer’s recording career.

 

Side one
1.  Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)   (3:10)
2.  Too Good to Be True  (2:54)
3.  Can We Still Be Friends?  (3:37)
4.  In Walks Love Again   (2:459
5.  Mean Old World   (3:33)
6.  Love Stop   (2:57)

Side two
1.  Jealous   (3:159
2.  Under Suspicion   (3:25)
3.  Woman You’re Wonderful   (3:57)
4.  What’s It Take?   (3:26)
5.  Remember to Remember   (3:30)

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