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

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

by Robert Palmer
     
 
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,

Overview

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.]

Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/2012
Label:
Culture Factory
UPC:
0850703003286
catalogNumber:
328
Rank:
55855

Tracks

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
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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