Burning Questions

May 15, 2007 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 15, 2007
  • Release Date: May 15, 2007
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2007 Capitol Catalog
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  • Total Length: 45:25
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  • ASIN: B000TETEEK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,347 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Campbell on October 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Here and there, there are some strong songs - Release Me, Love Is A Burning Question, and Here It Comes Again especially stand out. Interesting songs throughout. Nice being re-introduced to Joe Meek. Mr. Tender is the surprise overly-sentimnetal song which might have fit better (and dramatically improved) 12HE.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 17, 1999
Format: Audio CD
GP does it again! Release Me, Love is a Burning Question and Long Stem Rose, which by the way, may be the sweetest song ever done by Graham(if a nasal whine can be described as sweet, yes it can). I'm listening to it now!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Whyte on July 12, 1999
Format: Audio CD
GRAHAM PARKER
REVIEW: Burning Questions
GRAHAM PARKER
Where there's a smoking discussion there must be a burning question. And this one is -- how does BQ rate in the GP oeuvre?
Burning Questions is more a sleeper than a knock down, no-holds-barred masterpiece like the first four (Howlin Wind, Stick To Me, Heat Treatment and Squeezing Out Sparks).
"Smouldering Questions" might have been a better title. There are a few sparks squeezed out but they don't really catch alight. It seems to me there's a transition going on between the band thing and the defiant simplicity of 12HE which was wholly performable solo.
The range of talent on the album is impressive. As in SBL Andrew Bodnar (Rumour), Pete Thomas (Attractions) make up the rhythm section. Mick Talbot (Style Council) plays keyboards (rather uninspiringly) with PP Arnold, an obscure but renowned (Small Faces, Roger Waters, Joan Armatrading) backing vocalist plus Eddie Manion (who played a Springsteen gig this year) on sax and a string quartet for Long Stem Rose.
Release Me's "gris gris you sprinkled in my bed is starting to make me crack" is a powerful image but "Ah my blood's still boiling, like a snake you come coiling" is, hmmm, how do you say, trite? And we really expect a bit more than "I ain't nothin but your slave of love."
Release Me might be weak lyrically but with its assured chorus hook and the sax and vocal parts and echoey drums probably is the hardest working track on the album.
Too Many Knots To Untangle is one of GP's better tracks on any album where the bitter and cynical world view is framed in an insistent love song. The ooohs are reminiscent of Big Man On Paper and the great bass runs are musically among his best.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bdl803@bham.ac.uk on March 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I would give this five stars if Short Memories and Here It Comes Again were replaced by two other songs,not even great songs,anything. I played those songs first time through and have never listened to them again; how can an English guy take on a song which is a country finger-picking lament about war (Short Memories) and isn`t it too late in the day to resurrect the Street Fighting Man/Sympathy For the Devils Stones riff (Here It Comes Again)? Apart from those this is sublime music; two gorgeous ballads both of which scream for lucrative Celine Dion covers; Long Stem Rose and Oasis and touch on Lennon,James taylor,Joni Mitchell and Elvis Costello/Smithereens at their best. Too many Knots To Untangle jingle-jangles along like a New Wave reading of sixties pop. Mr Tender doo-wops along with a lovely middle eight when you thought it couldn`t better and like a good many Parker songs the melody is so simple you wonder why nodbody thought of it before. Instant classic. Joe Meek`s Blues is like Dylan if Dylan could sing,had tunes and genuinely wrote from the heart..it`s Dylan with soul (and an ELO fadeout); Yesterday`s Cloud and Just Like Herman Hesse are all in Parker`s own unique style which amongst all the other touich-points in all his albums continues the tradition of a coupla tracks you can not define, but here goes; Johnny Cash sings about a German novelist who influenced the hippies (Just Like Herman Hesse) and the Rolling Stones sing the theme tune to a science fiction movie with a Spencer Davies group- meets- Stax-Volt chorus. You gotta listen to this album. This burns softly and coolly with great production; one of his best.
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