Review: Graham Parker

Graham Parker
“Your Country”
(Bloodshot Records)

Graham Parker proves himself an elder statesman of the intelligent pop song on this latest album that is marked by subtle shades of Nashville.  The songs are largely touched by melancholy, even when on the surface this is not expected, such as the lyrically defiant “Nation of Shopkeepers”, one of the standouts on the album.  Lucinda Williams is on hand to duet with Parker on “Cruel Lips”. This further accentuates the roots direction this excellent album is headed in.