Three Chords Good - Graham Parker & the Rumour
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80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
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  1. Oct 30, 2013
    80
    Parker’s rarely been in better voice, buoyed by the presence of old friends intuitive to his innermost thoughts and intentions.
  2. 80
    Coathangers drives home the prevailing sense of compositional attitude meeting musical affirmation. Bravo! [Nov 2013, p.88]
  3. Oct 16, 2013
    80
    Not so much a comeback, more a welcome back. [Nov 2013, p.114]
  4. Dec 11, 2012
    80
    The entire album has a refreshingly spontaneous feel, the result of their cutting the dozen songs live, including Parker's vocals. [Jan 2013, p.75]
  5. Nov 26, 2012
    80
    It's the sound of songwriter matched to band that makes this record so deliriously good.
  6. Nov 20, 2012
    80
    The expert elastic roots rock of the Rumour gives his songs depth, making Three Chords Good the rare reunion that simultaneously looks back while living in the present
  7. Nov 20, 2012
    70
    The result? Another record--and a good one--very much like the records Parker has been making for the past decade.
  8. Nov 20, 2012
    70
    The words may be jagged, yet the music is rarely less than supple.
  9. 70
    When the Rumour, so polite in their accompaniment, step forward on the break to provide spare but involving keyboard and guitar, you know this reunion was worth waiting for.
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  1. Nov 21, 2012
    10
    Graham Parker is both one of the most under-appreciated artists of the past 35 + years as well as one of the most consistently great over that span of time. His new album "Three Chords Good" is backed by the Rumour for the first time in over 30 years. Up until they parted ways after 1980, the Rumour backing Graham Parker was the one backing band that could have given Springsteen's E Street Band a run for its money. Graham Parker went on to make one very good - fantastic album after another in the 30 years since he parted ways with the Rumour. That said, as great as many of those non Rumour Graham Parker albums were, they probably all would have been even better had the Rumour still been backing him. Which brings us to the new album "Three Chords Good". This is a typically great Graham Parker album that's made even greater due to the Rumour being back on board. Hopefully Graham Parker's being featured in the upcoming movie "This is 40" will give this new album the much needed exposure to actually sell a non-trivial amount of copies. "Three Chords Good" is among the best albums that's been released this year. Each of its 12 songs is fantastic. The album features great singing, great lyrics, a great backing band and great melodic tunes with infectious hooks that you can't get out of your head. It's a near perfect album. Full Review »