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Known for his tough-minded rocker diatribes against societal ills and poignant ballads that never settle for cheap sentiment, Graham Parker settles into singer-songwriter mode for 2007’s Don’t Tell Columbus. Parker sees the song form as short story writing for the attention deficit crowd. “I Discovered America” is the Brit’s reserved acceptance of his adopted homeland. “England’s Latest Clown” observes that when it comes to rock n’ roll celebrity there’s always a latest model willing to sacrifice himself at the altar of self-destruction. “Stick to the Plan” evaluates the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina with a head-shaking wonderment and the album’s jauntiest groove. Though Parker made his name with tough R&B arrangements that pit electric guitars against walls of keyboards, his most successful later work has been quieter in tone — acoustic guitars with a warm organ rolling in. “The Other Side of the Reservoir” recalls the bittersweet swooning of the Rolling Stones’ “Waiting on a Friend” during its elongated fade. “Love or Delusion” works its way to a Van Morrison-esque climax with the word “love” becoming the repeated mantra, as Parker shows off his peak vocal form.

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A classic Parker offering

Great effort melding the old British "pub rock" or new wave Parker with a modern American country inflection. Lyrics are classic Parker, intelligent and a touch caustic. "The meek shall inherit the Earth from their friends the scum". Hmmm, still a bit bitter Graham ? Heard him over 20 years ago in the Leeds University student union singing "Protection". This is the best thing he has done in years and he deserves recognition for it. Every person interested in music should own "Squeezing out Sparks" and this album is not far behind.

More good stuff from GP

GP has been on an alt/country thing here lately, and while this one doesn't rock like the terrific Acid Bubblegum, I am enjoying this for sure. Solid songwriting with witty, insightful and occasionally sardonic lyrics. If you liked previous releases like Deepcut To Nowhere, Your Country, or Songs Of No Consequence...then you'll like this a lot. Some of it has an alt/country feel, but not all of it...theres a lot of classic GP here too...Love or Delusion, Suspension Bridge, and Reservoir really jump out at me. Even solo acoustic he is always a scorching and entertaining live act too.


i like it i think that it sounds like a mix between rock and country. it kind of pulls you in


Born: November 15, 1950 in East London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Stereotyped early in his career as the quintessential angry young man, Graham Parker was one of the most successful singer/songwriters to emerge from England's pub rock scene in the early '70s. Drawing heavily from Van Morrison and the Rolling Stones, Parker developed a sinewy fusion of driving rock & roll and confessional folk-rock, highlighted by his indignant passion, biting sarcasm, and bristling anger. At the outset of his career, his albums crackled with pub rock energy, snide witticisms, and...
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