Picks and Pans Review: 33 1/3
The members of this ad hoc supergroup are drawn from a motley of styles: Singer Robert Palmer joins drummer Tony Thompson and producer Bernard Edwards (veterans of Chic), bassist John Taylor and guitarist Andy Taylor (the Taylors are not related, but both are members of Duran Duran). Who would have imagined that together they would sound so frazzled? This is an every-man-for-himself project, on which each musician seems to have been working in a separate studio. The vocals in particular are disconnected from the instrumental tracks. Only the single Some Like It Hot has the funky Nassau backbeat over which Palmer excels at singing. On the other cuts he is left wailing to formless, sloppy melodies. (Capitol)
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