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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0000245L3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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By ewomack TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 22, 2004
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Graham Parker sits prominently amongst our generation's best songwriters. Always critically acclaimed, he consistently cranks out quality material handled with intelligence, dignity, and integrity. So of course mass sales have eluded him. Nonetheless he still carries on, like Bob Dylan's never-ending tour, after some thirty years in the business. Along the way some absolutely amazing gems have resulted from his seemingly endless output. 1991's "Struck By Lightning" is one of these.

At least one of the best songs ever written graces this album: "They Murdered the Clown" mixes heavy rhythms with Parker's mambo-snake venom lyrics. Some of his nastiest lines lie in wait in the second verse. The circus organ and pounding guitar and drums make an amazing combination that combines the extremely danceable with the extremely disturbing. No one could accuse Parker of sugar-coating reality. He tells it like it is, and on this song he hits home with even more than the usual umph. "They Murdered The Clown" justifies this album alone, but of course much more awaits. Parker's ode to lost youth, "The Kid With the Butterfly Net" contains some nice violin riffs and a longing akin to Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry". The pleading "Wrapping Paper" could entice any partner to forgiveness: "Speak to me girl, speak to me darling; You're not a princess, I'm not Prince Charming". Many other of the album's songs will provide food for thought for years: "Children and Dogs", "Over The Border (To America)", "Weeping Statues", "When I Was King". Parker's trademark innovative songwriting and orchestration run throughout the entire album. The album's sound is unique; it's crisp and lively; it may be one of his best sounding albums.
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After his celebrated "Angry Young Man" recordings, Graham Parker married, settled down, and had kids. This record reflects his new-found maturity. As he's fond of saying on stage (to great laughter from the audience, who have grown up themselves): "I'm not an angry young man anymore - it was too exhausting."

Though earlier albums had sensitive songs here and there, this one is chock full of them. His meditation about his daughter growing up is the most beautiful and moving song he's ever written ("The Kid With The Butterfly Net"). In "Wrapping Paper", he requests that his wife "pull your skin like wrapping paper around my heart."

But before you think he's completely wimped-out, he hits you with the best rock song he's ever written. That would be "A Brand New Book", which features the lines "The words come out/Not "Twist and Shout"/'Cause that's not what a grown man writes about."

I've been listening to this for years, and every time I hear these 3 songs my jaw drops. I sit and marvel at how powerful and perfect they are, and think all over again "what an amazing songwriter!" In fact, Parker's had that effect on me for a long time. To this day I discover a line or a quick turn of phrase on one of his many recordings that I'd not noticed before - and I'm struck with wonder once again.

This is my favorite album of his, but it's hard to say that it's his best. There's too many contenders for that title that I hold in equal high esteem. If someone were to ask me which ones are "essential", I'd recommend (from his "angry" phase): "Howlin' Wind", "Heat Treatment", "Stick To Me", and "Squeezing Out Sparks". From his on-going more "thoughtful" phase: "The Mona Lisa's Sister", "Struck By Lightning", "Deepcut To Nowhere", and "Don't Tell Columbus.
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By A Customer on February 16, 2001
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I have nearly all of Graham's albums, and this one is tied for best. Just about every song is great. The few that aren't great are very good. (I must say, though, that it did take a number of listenings to grow on me before I fell in love with it.) It's not in the style of his 1970s stuff. If you loved Mona Lisa's Sister, you'll love this one too.
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You kind of need to be married with kid(s) to really appreciate this as a 5-star disc. Being used to a louder and in-your-face GP - this album seemed kind of overly sedate to me as it was released when I was single and without domestic concerns, but I liked songs here and there. But I have really come to appreciate it over the years, as I myself have the same thoughts GP had on this album. Children and Dogs says things to me now (1999) that just didn't click when I was single. The stripped down approached works.
I especially liked the evil circus organ opening of They Murdered The Clown. And It Shook Me and Weeping Statutes are truly outstanding tracks.
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I do not have Parker's entire catalog, just the usual suspects: Howlin', Heat, Sparks/Live sparks, Escalator, Mona Lisa, Lightning, Human Soul, Live alone, Anthology.

Struck by Lightning is the album I play most often. The sound is way more laid back than his early stuff with the Rumour, but I'll tell you, I really like this album. Just great stuff. I'm so excited he's back with the Rumour ... one of my favorite bands growing up and ridiculously under appreciated. Yay geezer-rock.
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