The Pointer Sisters

Break Out

November 6, 1983

Contemporary R&B

Amid the occasional waves of 80s nostalgia, it's easy to overlook the sheer ubiquity of the Pointer Sisters' 1983 classic, Break Out. Already a veteran group with nine albums behind them, the sisters' tenth LP made good on its title and delivered them with gusto to the MTV age with a bevy of joyful and exuberant dance hits like "I'm So Excited," "Automatic," and "Neutron Dance."

- Timothy Monger

Robert Palmer

Riptide

November, 1985

Adult Contemporary

Coming on the heels of the success of the Power Station's self-titled debut, the singer's eighth long-player employed the talents of Power Station's Andy Taylor, Tony Thompson, and Bernard Edwards, the latter of whom produced both albums. The results channel his soul-steeped vocals into a set of hooky, rock-leaning songs that seem tailored to be chart hits. Hit the charts they did; the album became Palmer's biggest commercial success, reaching the U.K. Top Five and the Top Ten in the States behind MTV classics like "Addicted to Love" and his cover of Cherrelle's "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On."

- Marcy Donelson