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Day 78: Graham Parker – Squeezing Out Sparks

17 May


My dad has been on an Elvis Costello kick lately.  Yeah, I love that Costello record that I listened to a couple of weeks ago, but I had no idea that there were so many people inspired—pretty directly—by that guy.  The past two dad-rock records have sounded like Costello impersonators made them.  Originality is a big deal for me, but I’m also far too lazy to do the research that would be required to form some kind of English pub-singer time line.  I may have been a bit unfair last week when I panned Joe Jackson.  He just sounded really unoriginal to me.  I’ll try to avoid that this Dad-Rock Tuesday, and judge Graham Parker’s Squeezing Out Sparks based solely on what went into my ears.

When it comes down to it, I don’t mind Graham Parker.  Yeah, I’d probably survive if I never heard Squeezing Out Sparks again, but it’s not like this was an unpleasant listening experience.

Parker’s got a unique enough voice to keep me interested.  At first listen, it sounded like his lyrics were decent too.  Unfortunately, as happens far too often with Swole Ear, I don’t have enough time to closely examine lyrics.  There just aren’t enough hours in the day to really tear a record apart.

Instrumentally, Parker was good enough as well; it’s all pretty standard.  Guitar, drums and vocals dominate over the record, and never go too far out of the box.  It’s nothing brilliant, but they get the job done.

Ultimately, this record—just like this post—is adequate.  Neither are awful, but let’s just say that they won’t be making the Swole Ear Hall of Fame.