Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Martin Benjamin
The E Street Band. The Attractions. The Caledonia Soul Orchestra. These are combos talked about in hushed, reverent tones. They hold keys to secret doors. They know the combination to the safe.
The Rumour, too.
Bruce Springsteen. Elvis Costello. Van Morrison. They hold keys. But Graham Parker has to knock.
True, the angry little ex-pat has written some remarkable songs. He has British soul to spare. And he can make an evening pop, especially in front of a band like the Figgs or the Rumour. But there’s a reason he’s never risen to the heights of his heavyweight peers. He’s just really, really good; not great.