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Graham Parker

Dakota

The squalling new wave lad has reached middle age, but Graham Parker’s still upending dustbins on this three-song EP. Christmas Cracker‘s opener is a bitter claim that Christmas is for mugs, but Parker puts the lie to his abrasive stance with the second song, an optimistic statement of longing for a New Year’s revolution with a fat brass section chorus. The last item is the best: a Motown/Stax homage on which Parker and guest Nona Hendryx call out the roster of legendary performers from Memphis and Detroit over a note-perfect re- creation of Muscle Shoals’ technique.