Deepcut to Nowhere has all the makings of a classic old-new-waver-against-the-elements album, with images of nor'easters, torrential rainfall, and flowing lava—not to mention floods of booze.

Deepcut to Nowhere has all the makings of a classic old-new-waver-against-the-elements album, with images of nor'easters, torrential rainfall, and flowing lava—not to mention floods of booze. There are wild animals (though not one is a match for a lover's arrogance on "High Horse"), as well as the vegetable and mineral stains left on one's wardrobe after randy tumbles ("You're Tough on Clothes"). Both songs are jumping, joyful rockers. But at the heart of "Deepcut" is the deep-seated doubt—and self-deprecating sense of humor—that comes from surviving man-made disasters. In Graham Parker's world, gigs go horribly wrong ("I'll Never Play Jacksonville Again"), missionaries deliver disease along with their preachings ("Syphilis & Religion"), and insanity constantly looms ("Depend On Me"). Throughout, the hooks are plentiful, the playing tight, the lyrics kinky, and the singing charismatic. A storm definitely worth getting caught in.—AB

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