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The blue-eyed soul singer's 1988 album includes the hits, 'Simply Irresistible' & 'She Makes My Day'. EMI.

1. Simply Irresistible
2. More Than Ever
3. Change His Ways
4. Disturbing Behavior
5. Early In The Morning
6. It Could Happen To You
7. She Makes My Day
8. Between Us
9. Casting A Spell
10. Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 27, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B00000DQW5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,595 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on September 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I write this with a heavy heart, as I've just heard of Robert Palmer's death in Paris, aged 54. I wonder if the angels up there are mannequins in black miniskirts who can actually play the instruments instead of miming as they did in his videos. That being said, Heavy Nova was original meant as a confluence of heavy metal and bossa nova. Well, there are songs that resemble those genres but nothing that's a hybrid of those two.
"Simply Irresistible" is just that, an infectious danceable mixture of snarling and chugging rock guitar accompanied by synths and a high-pitched sound resembling metal whiplash.
The funky "More Than Ever" could've been something left over from The Power Station what with the power guitar licks.
Things get amusing and a bit silly with "Change His Ways" and the African/reggae rhythms, with accordion, violin, African harmony singers contributing to the exotic sound. Oh, and he even yodels to boot. A gigolo type keeps trying to regain the favour of a woman he's chasing, and the title reflects what she wants to do.
"Disturbing Behavior" is more in the mold of the heavier style and tells of a woman who doesn't tolerate carefree behaviour, but also maybe the mindset of straight-laced people rattled by those who live it up. He sings "Outrageous behaviour concerns everyone/We want perfect behaviour out of everyone."
With synths resembling a harpsichord providing a dominant rhythm throughout, "Early In The Morning" was the second single, and quite a change for those expecting another "Simply Irresistible"-like single. It's a mid-paced affair that bubbles up and down. There is a bridge instrumental that includes a funky guitar solo, weird sounds, before cutting back to the song.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By William Smith on September 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I'm shocked at the lack of reviews for this cd. I chose to write this because folks, this is the first celeb "passing" that actually has affected me, and deeply. A lot of celebs that have passed recently have either not been my cup of tea, or frankly, they were older and it wasn't a BIG shock. Not so here, Robert Palmer I consider a friend, a dear friend. I got Heavy Nova in an odd way, it was the final selection of one of those wacky record clubs, I just couldn't think of anything else I wanted... what I ended up with was more than expected. Funny to think, probably 90% of the cd's I thought I wanted are probably long forgotten, while Heavy Nova still has more hooks than Ali.
Robert Palmer simply put is an individual. No one will ever be him, and no one will even come close to it. His lyrics contain so much wit and clever hooks it is almost inconcievable he doesn't seem more highly regarded. Heavy Nova carries just about every type of music Robert attempted in his pre-empted life. But the one thing it contains that makes it the most memorable to me is the obvious attempt by Robert to be whatever he wanted to be. And to him I am eternally grateful for the great memories. Thank-you Robert, now get up on that heavenly stage, you deserve it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mike B. on March 3, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This CD represents the culmination of his craft, on which Robert Palmer put it all together. Every type of music he'd ever experimented with is present here. Indeed, it's a virtual "world tour" of rhythm. Utterly fantastic in its breadth and scope, the British Palmer wove it all together seamlessly in a way that eluded other worldbeat-dabbling rockers of the day. The only other record I can think of that put forth such a variety of beats and song styles is David Bowie's "Black Tie White Noise", but even that great effort doesn't cohere as perfectly as "Heavy Nova". This is a textbook example of how to do it right, and should be studied by music students in composition classes.

Lyrically, however, Palmer is more limited than Bowie. Though his words are clever, a close look at this album (and his back catalogue) reveals that he only really wrote about one subject - sex, and the related topics of love and relationships. In this regard he could be considered to be the white Barry White. It must be said though that he's very good at being a "love man", perhaps unequalled - so don't let this put you off. If you do, you'll miss out on a lot of great music!

Tina Weymouth of the Talking Heads once opined that Robert Palmer was the hardest working, most innovative musician she'd ever met. Rod Stewart was such a big fan that he'd call up radio stations to request his songs. Though he had the respect of his peers, Palmer today isn't remembered as much as he should be by record buyers (or downloaders - hi kids!).

I think there's a good reason for that. I always felt Palmer would've had a much longer and more successful career if he hadn't worn a suit for so many years. A short phase of that might've been OK, but he looked too straight for too long. Too "legit" for rock 'n' roll.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Reginald D. Garrard VINE VOICE on August 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Robert Palmer has class and soul. His selections on this disc are excitingly varied from pure pop to rock to R & B. His respective covers of Jermaine Jackson's "Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming" and The Gap Band's "Early in the Morning" are magnificent. "Simply Irresistable," like its predecessor "Addicted to Love" shows the artist can rock with the best of them. Palmer even demonstrates his interpretive skills on standards with the mesmerizing "It Could Happen to You."
Great talent, great album!
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