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Some People Can Do What They Like

Robert Palmer

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1976’s Some People Can Do What They Like was Robert Palmer’s third solo album in as many years. Especially in the disheveled '70s, such a pace was likely to dull an artist’s creativity, but this release its every bit equal to—if not superior to—its superb predecessors. The album continues Palmer’s association with Little Feat, the band that did everything for him except make him an official member. Though the Feats were best known for their jams, Palmer brought out the group's rhythmic prowess. “Keep in Touch” and “What Can You Bring Me” are formidable because they're stealthy. While other blue-eyed English soul men had a tendency to embarrass themselves with exaggeration, Palmer’s specialty was his understatement. His songs are never rushed, and though the instrumentation is sometimes thick, it's never dense. Rock critics remained incredulous that Palmer didn't become a bigger star, but the truth is he was more of a musician’s musician. Whereas the big funk and rock stars of the late '70s emphasized volume and hooks, Some People Can Do What They Like invests fully in interplay, subtlety, and richness of tone.

Customer Reviews

Some People Can Do What They Like

This is his best! A very talented artist. Everybody that listened to his last albums should listen to this one!

check out Spanish Moon, Gotta get a grip, What can u Bring & Some people

80's funk. good stuff.

Palmer was hip

The fact that he saw the genius of Lowell George and Little Feat is the greatest gift Palmer, as well as many European audiophiles were hip to way before we, Americans were even aware of the gifted resource we were gifted.


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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