Graham Parker and the Rumour burst forth as part of the British pub rock scene in the mid-’70s, made four records, and parted ways. Now they’ve reunited. The result? Another record — and a good one — very much like the records Parker has been making for the past decade. He’s traded rock ’n’ roll blast for a muscular roots mix, and while his predilection for sharp-tongued observation remains unabated (check out “Arlington’s Busy” ), age and perspective have added wry bemusement (“Last Bookstore in Town”) and sentimental generosity and rough-hewn tenderness in songs such as “Long Emotional Ride” and “Stop Cryin’ About the Rain.” Rather than re-create the past, Parker is doing what he’s been doing, but, after all these years, doing it with his old mates once again. (Out now) Stuart Munro
By Stuart Munro| Globe Correspondent November 20, 2012
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