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Have You Heard the Latest Graham Parker Rumour?

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Graham Parker and the Rumour have a new release, Three Chords Good, and it’s their first album in thirty-one years! That’s a real hiatus, a working lifetime for many people. So how do they do with an album of new material, a band that hasn’t been together in over thirty years? From the first chord of “Snake Oil Capital of the World” there is no question that this is Graham Parker and the Rumour at their best.  Those fans who unwrapped Squeezing Out Sparks thirty-four years ago may relive something new and familiar if they stumble across this new classic.

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Sting Gets Dramatic

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The opening notes of the first track of Sting’s The Last Ship may be a shock to the listener who is expecting a “Message in a Bottle” or even a “If You Love Somebody, Set Them Free.”  A quiet, chiming acoustic guitar opens the album, and musically we are a lot closer to Sting’s folksy holiday album, If on a Winter’s Night  than we are to the “white reggae” of the early Police albums or the jazzy pop that heralded  his solo career.

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Can He Get Any Better? Paul Weller’s Sonik Kicks

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I have a friend who owns in one form or another every note that Paul Weller has ever played or sung.  So okay, I’m not that much of a fan (frankly, I’m not that much of a fan of any band, even my very very favourites), but I have been a huge admirer of Weller since I first heard The Jam’s “Down in the Tube Station at Midnight” in the late seventies.

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Reliability Is One Of The Greatest Virtues

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I like to joke with friends that punctuality is my only virtue, but I’m also pretty reliable.  I think reliability is nothing to sneeze at.  When it comes to pop music, some of the artists that started out flaming brightly burn out, and some fade away, but some work steadily, putting out consistent work year after year.  That last kind often gets insufficient respect, especially in retrospect.  I want to argue that a career defined by a succession of, mostly, consistently good albums is a rare and fine thing.  Thank you, Moby.

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