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Classic Album Review: Graham Parker | Deepcut to Nowhere

While older & mellower, the veteran singer-songwriter can still hit the spot.

This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Graham Parker got off the up escalator a long time ago.

Over the last decade, the angry young new waver of Squeezing Out Sparks has quietly mellowed into a middle-aged indie-label singer-songwriter who seems to put out records more for himself than for commercial concerns. His latest studio effort Deepcut to Nowhere continues the trend, with Parker submitting another dozen cuts laced with his usual blend of acerbic wit, blue-eyed Van Morrison soul and sinewy folk-pop. There are no big surprises — save for the presence of former Rumour drummer Steve Goulding — along with no big singles and no big-budget bows to contemporary trends. But if you still prize your single of Mercury Poisoning, Deepcut to Nowhere just might hit the spot now and again.