Robert Palmer – Riptide (1985/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 35:16 minutes | 1,43 GB | Genre: Pop Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Island Records (The Island Def Jam Music Group / Universal Music)
Robert Palmer’s eighth solo studio album, Riptide, sounds like the first album by Power Station, the supergroup he founded with members of Chic and Duran Duran. Riptide charted well worldwide, helped by “Addicted To Love” which reached #1 in the US.
For the album, Palmer collaborated with two former members from the Power Station, guitarist Andy Taylor and drummer Tony Thompson. The Power Station’s producer Bernard Edwards also played bass and produced the album. The album also features contributions from Chaka Khan and notable session musicians such as Guy Pratt, Wally Badarou, Jeff Bova, Eddie Martinez, and Jack Waldman (who died a year after the album’s release).
“Coming on the heels of the massive success of the Power Station, Riptide packages Robert Palmer’s voice and suave personality into a commercial series of mostly rocking songs that seem custom-tailored to be chart hits. The Power Station connection threatens to overpower Palmer’s usually more eclectic musical interest, but with that band’s producer/member Bernard Edwards handling production duties and members Andy Taylor and Tony Thompson contributing as well, stylistic similarities were inevitable. “Flesh Wound,” though, sounds like a retread of “Some Like It Hot,” with its squelching staccato guitars and tribal drums mimicking the hit single. “Hyperactive” adds a bit of a pop veneer to the formula, with its bright keyboards dating the song to the Miami Vice era; that’s not to say it doesn’t hold nostalgic charm. “Addicted to Love” shares some of the same punch, somewhat slowing down the Power Station’s bombast into slinkier, blues territory, while maintaining a heavy rock crunch. The song skyrocketed to the top of the U.S. charts and sold more than a million copies as a single worldwide. A music video for the song, featuring sexy models gyrating blankly, no doubt helped sales and launched a new phase of Palmer’s career, where music videos would nearly overshadow his songwriting. Equally catchy and almost as successful is the brilliant take on the Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis song “I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On.” It is perhaps Riptide’s most daring track, with its fractured jittery notes, funky basslines, and pounding drums matching Palmer’s bothered, sweaty vocals to create a yearning song that drips with passion. Also not to be missed is Earl King’s “Trick Bag,” which Palmer translates into a fun Clues-style minimalist modern blues song. Even if Riptide uses the Power Station as a blueprint, its only true faults reside in the cheesy album-opening and album-closing refrains of “Riptide,” which seemingly satisfy Palmer’s tropical proclivities. They might be relaxing and humorous as elevator music, but they are sharply at odds with the tone of the album and Palmer’s usually impeccable musical taste. Cheesy opening and ending aside, Riptide has some truly addictive moments and it set him firmly on course, for better or worse, for the even harder-rocking Heavy Nova.” (Tim DiGravina, AMG)
1. Robert Palmer – Riptide
2. Robert Palmer – Hyperactive
3. Robert Palmer – Addicted To Love
4. Robert Palmer – Trick Bag
5. Robert Palmer – Get It Through Your Heart
6. Robert Palmer – I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On
7. Robert Palmer – Flesh Wound
8. Robert Palmer – Discipline Of Love
9. Robert Palmer – Riptide (Reprise)