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3.0 out of 5 stars Good yes, Great no!, 12 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Three Chords Good (Audio CD)
Like others here I am a long time Parker fan. I doubt there is anything he has released that I don't own. As such this is painful for me to write...
The reunion with The Rumour is so exciting - and such a let down.
This fine group of musicians used to sound so hot and vital. Now however you hardly hear any of them. They may as well be session musicians.
Not only is the musicianship average at best (you hear more of GP's kazoo at times than you do of those fabled keyboards and guitars from the days of squeezing out sparks) but the songs are for the most part hackneyed and average at best ('Snake Oil...' being an exception). GP still sounds angry as ever but his rhymes are well below his best.
I hate myself for saying all this as GP is a god to me - but unlike one reviewer here I would NOT give this CD to my friends for fear if giving them the wrong impression of the man. It is not a terrible album by the standards of many other musicians, but it is near the bottom of the pile by GP & the Rumour standards.
I hope they give it another go but I also hope it is more like their old stuff together or else why bother reuniting?
Oh yeah and the CD sleeve is truly awful.
Perhaps a long overdue due GP tour of the UK would cheer me up?!
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Initial post: 26 Apr 2015 11:32:48 BDT
A. R. Durham says:
Barmee - having spent some months with this album on both CD and vinyl - I do find your review reactionary and ill conceived. OK - this album is no Heat Treatment or Howlin Wind - but it is still filled with very good songs that need a little time to bed in. It does play to simplicity and presentation of the song - the Rumour are no longer the flash musicians they once were. Naturally age has played its part. But there is no way that GP has lost his gift of songwriting. I would play this to any budding 20-something musician and tell them to study how good songs are constructed for longevity. And if you get a chance to hear this on vinyl it makes a huge difference. So - this is not GP's best by any means; but it is far better than your review suggests.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Apr 2015 16:35:01 BDT
Barmee says:
Thanks for taking the time to respond. I guess it boils down to that old adage of 'each to his own'. I went and saw GP&TR on their recent two tours with a lump in my throat. They were amazing. I felt that they'd grown in to the songs from this album. I gave it another try because of that but the album itself still feels less thrusting than their old stuff and many of the band's skills really are not made the most of. I don't hate the album but it still feels average (by their standards) to me.
New album on the way - hopefully all this touring will have reinvigorated their studio work!
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