Palma, Tristan – “Settle Down Girl” – [Trojan Records]
Tristan Palma, aka Triston Palma, aka Triston Palmer, born in Jamaica in 1962, has been making music since he was 8 and he seems to have no desire to stop. Name one of the big players on the Jamaican reggae scene and Tristan has probably worked with them. This 1983 release, “Settle Down Girl”, is in the Lover’s style, of which I was not aware, but one Palma mentions numerous times in interviews. In my dad’s time Palma would have been known as a “ladies man”. Decide for yourself what to call him but these nine tunes do present a fellow very interested in the ladies. He’s a smooth talker for sure. Song after song he tells the girl or woman why she needs to be with him even though he understands the circumstances may be difficult. His easy vocal styling lull the listener into his trap while the Roots Radics band fills out the sound with their distinctive bass and drums. This is laid back, romantic reggae and it sounds sooooo good.