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Songs of No Consequence continues GP's run as one of Rock and Roll's legendary figures. His pen is as sharp as ever (long known as one of the most literate, biting writers ever to ply the trade), as is his effortless coupling of punk's energy and American R&B and soul's swagger. Joining him on this go round are The Figgs,, who last recorded with him on the live LP The Last Rock and Roll Tour and bring a solid eight-ball-in-the-hip-pocket barroom strut to GP's consummate songcraft. Bloodshot. 2005.

Nearly 30 years after his debut LP Howlin' Wind piggybacked Van Morrison's white man's soul with Mick Jagger's blue-eyed snarl, Graham Parker continues to churn out records from a thinking-man's songwriting stoop at the corner of Sarcastic and Wry. His unyielding pub rock stature once ran in critical circles with the likes of fellow Brits Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe, and the fifty-something has aged with the same lyrical elegance and literate style, chronicled in the Farfisa-led life reflection "Did Everybody Just Get Old" and "There's Nothing on the Radio," still another doubting Thomas diatribe about the FM dial. Parker's nasally vocal delivery and lip-smacking pop hooks recall Marah on the album's two catchiest efforts: "Dislocated Life," which pokes fun at a day that's anything but routine, and "Bad Chardonnay," where he unfurls the secrets to a three-decade rock ‘n' roll life. That's cigarettes and bad Chardonnay. And a songwriting dexterity that, unlike that Chardonnay, gets better with age. --Scott Holter

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  • Audio CD (June 7, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bloodshot Records
  • ASIN: B0009G0P9G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Olby Ulf on June 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have now listened to Graham Parker's new album Songs of no Consequence 7-8 times in a couple of days and I get more and more impressed for each listen. This one is a real grower.

We GP fans, we're really blessed. How does he manage to keep on pumping out so much good music, and with the variety the last three albums represent? I must say there is NO one in his generation today that manage to sound so fresh and hungry as GP.

There is absolutely no fillers on the new album, I wouldn't want to replace any of the songs. The songwriting is top notch, the vocals are better than ever and the Figgs is a perfect match to our young oldie. They know both how to rock hard and to hold back when suitable.

In my book this is pop in its purest form. Melodies loaded with memorable hooks - spiced up with some reggae and rhythm and blues - and clever lyrics.

Vanity Press is a perfect opener. Elvis Costello should listen to this and remember what he used to be able to...

She swallows it and Ambivalent reminds me of the best songs from Struck by Lightning.

Chloroform has that killer groove that I love, and the scat song by GP in between the verses has to be heard to be believed. It's so good that you can forgive that the whole song is a rip-off from Obsessed with Aretha from Acid Bubblegum.

Evil is a solid reggae number, with some added pop hooks. One of the strongest lyrics on the album and the Figgs's playing is terrific.

Suck'n'Blow is a rocking thing, with some cool guitar licks. It's hard to describe but it is one of my favorites on the album.

Go little Jimmy is an acoustic bluesy number, different than the others, that fits in perfectly.

Local Boys is Local Girls #2 lyricwise.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alan P. Fields on July 1, 2005
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I've never written a music review here before, but I must make an exception for "Songs of No Consequence" which is Graham Parker's strongest release since The Mona Lisa's Sister. Graham is clearly one of the greatest and underappreciated artists in rock, and this is an example of why he's regarded by those in the know as one of the strongest, most soulful and talented singer/songwriters of the last 30 years. Every cut here is excellent, but several stand out as being among Graham's best efforts ever. I would rank "She Swallows It", "Chloroform" (which is a derivative of "Obseessed with Aretha" from Acid Bubblegum), "Ambivalent" and especially "Dislocated Life" in this distinguished catagory. "Dislocated Life" is probably the best song Graham has written since "I'm Just Your Man" from Mona Lisa's Sister or "Blue Horizon" from Deepcut to Nowhere. I've seen Parker live in small venues several times, and he is the real deal. This guy has more talent in his fingernails than most other artists have in their entire bodies. The Figgs have given Graham a great fuller rock sound for his incredible hook-laden songs; they make a potent combination. My biggest disappointment is that Graham has informed the world that he will never again play in my home town ("I'll Never Play Jacksonville Again"). I keep hoping he changes his mind! If you get the chance to see him live, don't let the opportunity pass you by.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tankery VINE VOICE on June 8, 2005
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With literate, razor-sharp lyrics and Graham's trademark hooks, this is truly a welcome release from one of rock and roll's greatest. The band has a looser, more rollicking sound than the country-flavored Your Country.

This one is strictly trademark rock and roll from top to bottom and fits perfectly into the Graham Parker Canon nicely. It's simply amazing that Graham has been so consistently prolific with his albums over the last thirty years. With a little more of a hard rock edge to it, this one is reminiscent of 12 Haunted Episodes, which I thought has quietly become one of his best albums.

There's a touch of reggae and blues infused into a few of these songs as well. Go little Jimmy and Dislocated Life stand out but there isn't a weak cut to be found.

With Deepcut to Nowhere, Your Country, and now Songs of No Consequence, Graham assaults the 21st Century with great music that any fan of rock and roll shouldn't ignore.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By o dubhthaigh VINE VOICE on June 20, 2005
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You can count on Graham Parker to deliver the goods without grousing about it a la Van Morrison, or being just too precious for his own self a la Declan MacManus, and on this vitriolic and venomous release Parker's slings his poisoned arrows on target and with a beat you can dance to. I've enjoyed his momentary bucolic moments as much as trhe revved up rockers, and this fall squarely in the latter category. Recorded in tony Bryn Mawr, a more incongruous place for GP I can not imagine, the ambient sound is full and immediate and Parkers enlists an able ensemble of Main Line band mates to carry off the mission at hand. They are very much on the page with GP and each track crackles, pops, spits fire.

"Vanity Press" is classic bile with a steady beat and "Bad Chardonnay" casts the career of an aging rocker in proper focus way beyond the petulant whining of the fatuous Van. "She swallows It" uses sexual metaphor for the way some women will enable a liar to perpetuate his bad behaviour. You get the picture: Graham tackles the underbelly of common life with a sharp, incisive, sometimes ironic and always pointed approach.

One of the other things you can count on is that Parker has an unerringly bad taste in cover graphics. While not as bad as ACID BUBBLEGUM, this CD booklet is a real horror. But that what makes Parker such an enjoyable listen. He'll never accede to glamour and PR. He's a right prickly bramble and God Bless Him for it.
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