Picks and Pans Review: Honey

updated 09/26/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/26/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer has never encountered a music genre he doesn't like: During his 20-year recording career he has covered R&B, funk, Latin pop, reggae, calypso, bossa nova, Rodgers & Hammerstein and just about anything else he could get his voice around, and he has usually pulled it off with above-average results. This stunning follow-up to 1992's Ridin' High finds the incurably cool performer reveling in most of the above—as well as African polyrhythm ("Honey B") and head-banging new wave (Devo's "Girl U Want"). He also enlists Nuno Bettencourt, heartthrob guitarist for the rock band Extreme, to add some muscular riffs to tough rockers like "Closer to the Edge" and "Big Trouble." Through it all, Honey goes down smoothly—and Palmer proves once again that he's simply irresistible. (EMI)

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