One of the sharpest songsmiths of the U.K. rock scene in the late Seventies, Graham Parker always owed more to Dylan and Van Morrison than to his punk counterparts. On his first set in 31 years with the Rumour, which coincides with a star turn in Judd Apatow's This Is 40, the former "angry young man" is still pissed off and deft with a hook. "Snake Oil Capital of the World" is a reggae-grooved diagnosis of the U.S.; Parker also plays an anti-intellectual on "Last Bookstore in Town." The words may be jagged, yet the music is rarely less than supple.
Listen to 'Three Chords Good'