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Editors’ Notes

After nearly 10 years of making songs that should’ve been hits but never quite were, Robert Palmer finally broke through to the big time with 1985's “Addicted to Love.” An Otis Redding–style tune dressed up in a flashy suit, “Addicted to Love” became a definitive song of the '80s. The only downside was that its massive popularity eclipsed the other songs on Riptide, an album that's as muscular as it is textural. “Hyperactive,” “I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On," and “Disciple of Love” are a trifecta of strong-armed funk-rock tunes that match “Addicted to Love” for visceral effect. The album’s production—handled by Palmer himself—is a revelation. As cacophonous as it is funky, the sound design is a major precursor to the string of innovative dance hits that Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis would make with Janet Jackson in the second half of the '80s. Though the album’s skyrocketing popularity may have obscured Palmer’s R&B pedigree, a cover of Earl King’s New Orleans anthem “Trick Bag” betrays the singer’s longstanding allegiance to down-home American soul music.

Customer Reviews

It's Pretty Good

If you like Robert Palmer it's worth your while.

He Is Missed

This is one of the best albums in my collection! Robert Palmer is truly missed.

Very Good

Robert Palmer, R.I.P., as your music will go down in history. How can you not like this? :)

Biography

Born: January 19, 1949 in Batley, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The career of blue-eyed soul singer Robert Palmer was a study in style versus substance. While the performer's earliest work won praise for its skillful assimilation of rock, R&B, and reggae sounds, his records typically sold poorly, and he achieved his greatest notoriety as an impeccably dressed lounge lizard. By the mid-'80s, however, Palmer became a star, although his popularity owed less to the strength of his material than to his infamous music videos: taking their cue from the singer's...
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