Graham Parker: The Up Escalator

Posted by

ImageThough vital and noteworthy by comparison with much of what makes it onto record these days, Graham Parker’s latest pales alongside its predecessor. The singer continues to evidence large talent and a collection of fascinating obsessions; and there are some real joys here, such as a brief duet with Bruce Springsteen in “Endless Night” and the thematic focus and instrumental interplay of “Empty Lives.” Nevertheless, this album is a disappointment, thanks (or no thanks) largely to Jimmy Iovine’s calculated-sounding production, the absence of erstwhile keyboardist Bob Andrews and the de-emphasis on the Rumor.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s