12 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Graham Parker’s second album, from 1976, pushes up the soul influence on his cussed, scornful songwriting, with deep beds of brass (“Heat Treatment”), sharp reggae-tinged R&B (“Something You’re Goin’ Thru”), and a pillow-soft backdrop for his caustic barbs (“Black Honey”). The Rumour were clearly schooled in hard-boiled ’60s beat pop, bringing a flinty cohesion to his sharp tales (“Hotel Chambermaid”) and, in “Hold Back the Night,” delivering the feel of Motown soul with a tension that matches the passion in Parker’s voice.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Graham Parker’s second album, from 1976, pushes up the soul influence on his cussed, scornful songwriting, with deep beds of brass (“Heat Treatment”), sharp reggae-tinged R&B (“Something You’re Goin’ Thru”), and a pillow-soft backdrop for his caustic barbs (“Black Honey”). The Rumour were clearly schooled in hard-boiled ’60s beat pop, bringing a flinty cohesion to his sharp tales (“Hotel Chambermaid”) and, in “Hold Back the Night,” delivering the feel of Motown soul with a tension that matches the passion in Parker’s voice.

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