Some People Can Do What They Like [Limited Edition Collector's]

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All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
Robert Palmer's third album is a blue-eyed soul disc that sits comfortably alongside Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley and Pressure Drop. This time, Palmer drops the orchestrations that tarted up portions of Pressure Drop in favor of a stripped-down yet stylish sound that shows off his ability to create a romantic, soulful mood. Highlights include "One Last Look," a lush breakup ballad that features a catchy, harmony-drenched chorus, and "Keep in Touch," a romantic tune that highlights Palmer's vocal style at its seductive height over a jazzy yet mellow melody built on a complex background vocal arrangement. Another standout track is "Man Smart, Woman Smarter," a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
Robert Palmer's third album is a blue-eyed soul disc that sits comfortably alongside Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley and Pressure Drop. This time, Palmer drops the orchestrations that tarted up portions of Pressure Drop in favor of a stripped-down yet stylish sound that shows off his ability to create a romantic, soulful mood. Highlights include "One Last Look," a lush breakup ballad that features a catchy, harmony-drenched chorus, and "Keep in Touch," a romantic tune that highlights Palmer's vocal style at its seductive height over a jazzy yet mellow melody built on a complex background vocal arrangement. Another standout track is "Man Smart, Woman Smarter," a tongue-in-cheek look at the battle between the sexes that deftly blends pop melodicism with reggae rhythms. The downside of Some People Can Do What They Like is that it often favors mood over hooks and this leads to music that is listenable yet falls short of being truly compelling: funky mood pieces like "What Can You Bring Me" and "Hard Head" successfully evoke a sultry mood but never take that mood in an interesting melodic direction. Another problem track is "Off the Bone," an effects-drenched instrumental snippet that serves no purpose other than to fill up two minutes of the album's running time. Despite these occasional lapses, Some People Can Do What They Like remains a solid and likable outing with enough memorable moments to please anyone who enjoys blue-eyed soul at its most silky and elegant. [A limited-edition collector's version was released in 2012.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2012
  • Label: Culture Factory
  • UPC: 850703003286
  • Catalog Number: 328
  • Sales rank: 79,387

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Palmer Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Chuck Rainey Bass
Paul Barrére Background Vocals
Pierre Brock Bass
Greg Carroll Harmonica
Sam Clayton Percussion, Conga, Background Vocals
Richie Hayward Drums, Background Vocals
Jody Linscott Percussion, Conga
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Bill Payne Keyboards, Background Vocals
William D. "Smitty" Smith Keyboards
Art Smith Ocarina, Penny Whistle
James Allen Smith Keyboards
Robert Greenridge Steel Pan
Chili Charles Timbales
Spider Webb Drums
Technical Credits
Robert Palmer Composer
Don Covay Composer
James Gadson Composer
George Marino Mastering
Johnny "Guitar" Watson Composer
Ron Miller Composer
Phill Brown Composer, Engineer
Richard Digby Smith Engineer
Connie de Nave Management
Steve Smith Composer, Producer
J. F. Kuhn Composer
Lowell T. George Composer
Allan Powell Composer
William H. Payne Composer
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