Richard Palmer-James - Takeaway

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Richard Palmer-James
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Richard Palmer-James was a founding member of Supertramp, playing guitar, singing vocals and writing the lyrics for their self-titled debut album under the name Richard Palmer. He also wrote lyrics for three of King Crimson’s albums: “Larks’ Tongues in Aspic”, “Starless and Bible Black”, and “Red” without participating in any of King Crimson’s recordings. He also worked with John Wetton and David Cross after Robert Fripp disbanded the group in 1974, he’s also worked on TV and also wrote lyrics for La Bionda, Mireille Mathieu and Haddaway, among others – with over 400 published titles. Since the 90s he’s been playing guitar regularly, a resonator and a mandolin, helping him rediscover blues and folk music.
Richard’s vocals, have a soothing tone, not too dissimilar to that of Wetton with whom I did confuse him initially, but he’s probably not reaching for the same dramatic crescendos as often as his oft collaborator. The overall style is a prog inclined acoustic pop which has somewhat different moods but revolves much around melancholy.
“Aerodrome” is a nice opener, “Very Bad Girl” is an almost rock n roll number, too “spoken” to be true RnR. “Baker’s Dozen” is almost like Americana, but Richard is a Briton, who’s lived in Munich for the past twenty years, so go figure. Pretty much the entire album has similar songs, without any serious crescendos, which makes it a bit of a particular listen for more introspective moments, but quite worthy nonetheless.