Tuesday, July 26, 2005

No Holding Back

Graham Parker
Songs of No Consequence (Bloodshot)

Let’s revisit the English Angry Young Men, Class of ’76: While Elvis Costello became our Dylan, Joe Jackson had some hits, and Nick Lowe turned crooner, it seems Graham Parker’s career just became a rumor. Fine by him – more to fuel his bitterness. His bristly voice still lets loose with witty invective (look out press, bad chardonnay, the radio, everybody getting old), but he also still rocks the pub with his mix of R&B, reggae and even some classic rock (one cut riffs like the Stones only to “ba-ba-ba-ba” like the Ramones).


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