Graham Parker & the Rumour / Graham Parker

Heat Treatment

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On his second album Heat Treatment, Graham Parker essentially offered more of the same thing that made Howlin' Wind such a bracing listen. However, his songwriting wasn't as consistent, with only a handful of songs -- like "Pourin' It All Out" and the title track -- making much of an impression. Unfortunately, the record was also tamed by the production of Mutt Lange, who polishes the record just enough to make the Rumour sound restrained. Which means, of course, the sheer musicality of the band can't save the lesser material. Heat Treatment remains an enjoyable listen -- at this stage of the game, Parker hadn't soured into a curmudgeon, and his weaker songs were still endearing -- but it's a disappointment in light of its predecessor.

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