Honey is the twelfth studio album by the British singer Robert Palmer. Surrounded by ambitious musicians, Palmer has provided his most inspired album in years. His new album reflects his experience like a well-aged bottle of wine, graceful and dignified. The most impressive aspect of the record is the versatility he displays. David Hiltbrand of Entertainment Weekly stated: "The British singer mostly plays to his strong suits: suave, double-breasted vocals, unconventional but funky rhythms, and exotic Afro-Carib musical flourishes.
It all fuses on "Know by Now," the sort of bittersweet up-tempo ballad at which Palmer excels. Later on he indulges in some empty hard-rock posturing abetted by Extreme's Nuno Bettencourt. But at least Palmer steers clear of the stuffy piano-lounge standards that have marred so many of his recent releases.
In a retrospective review, Leslie Mathew of AllMusic said: " Ironically, given its title, this album is much more hard-edged than Heavy Nova and Riptide. Honey has its Girl U Want - Robert Palmer - Honey , and plenty to Ko Zvonovi Zapojo - Andrej Šifrer - Ideje Izpod Odeje, but it also occasionally gives the impression of a man who's trying too hard.
It doesn't really match the standards of the previous records. Singles "Know By Now" and Evangile: Prologue De St-Jean - Ensemble Organum / Marcel Pérès - École Notre-Dame: Messe Du Jour De "You Blow Me Away" are both strong but feel slightly let down by the production, which for the time comes across as a little Girl U Want - Robert Palmer - Honey and bombastic in places.
Overall, rather inessential. But once again the constant switching of styles is somewhat unsettling. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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