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After winning over rock and new wave audiences with Secrets and Clues, Robert Palmer returned to one of his enduring interests for 1983’s Pride: the music of the Caribbean. Recorded at Nassau’s Compass Point Studios—familiar ground for Palmer, who'd been signed with Island Records since its early days—the album is a fluent merger of '80s technology and tropical flavors. Though those elements might at first seem irreconcilable, Palmer was a master of musical pollination. “Pride,” “You Can Have It (Take My Heart)," and “It’s Not Difficult” boast a bright pop edge that makes them kin to tunes by Hall & Oates from the same period. At the same time, “Deadline” and “Want You More” exude the menacing sensuality that defined early singles from Grace Jones, who, like Palmer, was a mainstay at Compass Point. “It’s Not Difficult” might also remind listeners of some of Peter Gabriel’s biggest hits, but Palmer was by no means a mainstream panderer. As always, he was attuned to emergent innovations in pop music, as evidenced by “The Silver Gun”—just one of the songs here that presage the future sounds of techno music.

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His best

When comparing it to the rest of his catalogue, this recording is perfection Everything after this was a deliberate attempt at mass appeal.


OK. He has always been my fave. But . . . 16 years later . . to here this album . . .digital . . . blows me away. Beach Cabin

Pride redux

Had all of his albums on vinyl back in the 80s, but haven't listened in at least 20 years. This is special. Seriously, release it today and it would be a sensation. "Dance For Me" should be a staple in every deejay's collection.


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 suave...
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