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iTunes Editors’ Notes

By putting a western lope, a pedal steel and some tight harmonies on the opening cut, “Anything for A Laugh,” Graham Parker establishes 2004’s Your Country as his tip of the hat to country music. A chilling duet with alt.country queen Lucinda Williams for “Cruel Lips,” with its stinging guitar solo, and a few more shuffling rhythms send Parker further west. But a few a stylistic touches aside — the rockabilly-shaded re-make of his early classic “Crawling from the Wreckage (Revisited)” shows Parker coming full circle, “Things I’ve Never Said” melds Parker’s distinctive British purr with a giddy-up partner groove — this is just another strong collection of Graham Parker tunes that depend on sharp, caustic yet compassionate observations and Parker’s indelible sense of melody. Parker rocks it up for “Queen of Compromise,” providing a manic lyrical onslaught, but his best moments are when he slows down and takes his time unwinding his concerns. “Almost Thanksgiving Day” has an autumnal sadness to it. And though he’s lived in America for years, the Brit rocker still relates to the outsider who sees the U.S. as a “Nation of Shopkeepers” that leave him befuddled and amused from his observation deck.

Customer Reviews

Strong, Streamlined Work

GP takes a walk on the alt-country side on this one, with excellent results. "The Rest Is History" and "Things I've Never Said" demonstrate his miraculously light touch with lyrics; unlike Elvis Costello, to whom he's often compared, Parker's songs seem effortless and naturally graceful. Listen to "History" or "Fairground" and the way Parker packs a huge story into a few tight lines. He's not a major artist, but he's a great one. By the way, "Nation of Shopkeepers" refers to Parker's homeland, not to the United States -- it's how Napoleon sneeringly dismissed Great Britain ... just before his army was destroyed by it.

Good Stuff!

Really pretty good stuff! "Crawling from the Wreckage" the best of this album.

Biography

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,...
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