Honey (Robert Palmer album)

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Honey
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Studio album by Robert Palmer
Released 20 September 1994
Genre Rock
Length 47:43
Label EMI
Producer Robert Palmer, Stephen Hague
Robert Palmer chronology
Ridin' High
(1992)Ridin' High1992
Honey
(1994)
Rhythm & Blues
(1999)Rhythm & Blues1999

Honey is the twelfth studio album by the British singer Robert Palmer. It was released in September 1994 and reached number 25 in the UK Albums Chart. The album featured the minor hits "Girl U Want", "Know by Now" and "You Blow Me Away".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Robert Palmer except "Love Takes Time" by Palmer, Mary Ambrose and Sharon O'Neill, and "Girl U Want" by Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald V. Casale.

No.TitleLength
1."Honey A"1:35
2."Honey B"4:03
3."You're Mine"4:13
4."Know by Now"4:10
5."Nobody But You"3:53
6."Love Takes Time"5:02
7."Honeymoon"2:16
8."You Blow Me Away"4:32
9."Close to the Edge"2:27
10."Closer to the Edge"2:41
11."Girl U Want"2:22
12."Wham Bam Boogie"3:15
13."Big Trouble"3:56
14."Dreams Come True"3:11

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Cash Boxfavourable[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[4]
Get Ready to Rock!3/5 stars[5]
Peoplefavourable[6]
Super Deluxe Editionunfavourable[6]

Leslie Mathew of AllMusic said: "...Palmer himself sounds as inhumanly suave as ever, though much of the material is a prescription for déjà vu. Ironically, given its title, this album is much more hard-edged than Heavy Nova and Riptide. Highlights include "Know By Now," a tasty mid-paced rocker, and "Nobody But You," a twitchy, coiled funk ditty. Honey has its moments, and plenty to spare, but it also occasionally gives the impression of a man who's trying too hard."[2] People described the album as a "stunning follow-up to 1992's Ridin' High" and commented: "Through it all, Honey goes down smoothly—and Palmer proves once again that he's simply irresistible."[6]

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."[7] Cash Box commented: "Robert Palmer has been making music for over two decades. 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."[8]

In a retrospective review, Paul Sinclair of Super Deluxe Edition said: "Honey returns to contemporary rock/pop with a typically varied selection of songs. It doesn't really match the standards of the previous records. Singles "Know By Now" and especially "You Blow Me Away" are both strong but feel slightly let down by the production, which for the time comes across as a little cheesy and bombastic in places. Overall, rather inessential."[9] Get Ready to Rock! wrote: "Honey saw him back exploring an eclectic mix of World music, funk, jazz, rock/pop and dance. But once again the constant switching of styles is somewhat unsettling."[5]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Dutch Albums Chart[10] 85
German Albums Chart[11] 76
UK Albums Chart[1] 25

Personnel[edit]

  • Robert Palmer – vocals, arrangements
  • Alan Mansfield – keyboards, soprano sax
  • Nuno Bettencourt, Saverio Porciello, Gary Butcher – guitars
  • Demo Morselli – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Frank Blair – bass
  • Dony Wynn – drums
  • Mauro Spina, Andy Duncan – drums, percussion
  • Jose Rossy – percussion
  • Sharon O'Neill – additional vocals
Production
  • Robert Palmer - producer
  • Stephen Hague - producer, remix (tracks 4, 6, 8)
  • Teo Macero - additional production
  • David Harper - executive producer
  • Richard Coble - production coordinator
  • Pino "Pinaxa" Pischetola - construction, recording, mixing
  • Antonio Baglio - mastering
  • Chris Lord-Alge - remix (track 3)
  • Mike "Spike" Drake - remix (tracks 4, 6, 8)
Other
  • Bill Smith Studio - design construction, artwork
  • Robert Palmer - design concept, handwriting
  • Nigel Perry - photography
  • Alan Hydes - original oil painting

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ROBERT PALMER | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2017-09-17. 
  2. ^ a b AllMusic Review by Leslie Mathew. "Honey - Robert Palmer | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-09-17. 
  3. ^ Cash Box newspaper - 1 October 1994 - Album Reviews: Honey - page 9
  4. ^ David Hiltbrand (1994-09-16). "Honey". Ew.com. Retrieved 2017-09-17. 
  5. ^ a b "ROBERT PALMER - Heavy Nova,Don't Explain,Ridin' High,Honey - Reissues - Get Ready to ROCK! Reviews | Interviews | BlogGet Ready to ROCK! News | Reviews | Interviews | Radio". Getreadytorock.me.uk. 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2017-09-17. 
  6. ^ a b c "Picks and Pans Review: Honey". People.com. Retrieved 2017-09-17. 
  7. ^ David Hiltbrand (1994-09-16). "Honey". Ew.com. Retrieved 2017-09-17. 
  8. ^ Cash Box newspaper - 1 October 1994 - Album Reviews: Honey - page 9
  9. ^ "Best of Both Worlds? Robert Palmer EMI-era combo sets miss the mark". superdeluxeedition. Retrieved 2017-09-17. 
  10. ^ Steffen Hung (1994-09-24). "Robert Palmer - Honey". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2017-09-17. 
  11. ^ Steffen Hung. "germancharts.com - Robert Palmer - Honey". Germancharts.de. Retrieved 2017-09-17.