Artist : John Parr
Album : John Parr
Source : CD
Year : 1985
Genre : Pop/Rock
Codec : Fraunhofer
Bitrate : 320K/s 44100Hz Joint Stereo
ID3-Tag : ID3v2.3
Ripped By : NMR
1. Magical (3:51)
2. Naughty Naughty (3:39)
3. Love Grammar (4:15)
4. Treat Me Like An Animal (4:27)
5. She's Gonna Love You To Death (3:42)
6. Revenge (4:37)
7. Heartbreaker (5:28)
8. Somebody Stole My Thunder (4:44)
9. Don't Leave Your Mark On Me (4:18)
Total Playing Time: 39:05 (min:sec)
Total Size : 107.1 MB (112,263,399 bytes)
John creates a slick, quintessentially eighties sound, ably assisted by a superior line-up of musicians and superb production.
While critics, reviewers and fans alike are quick to compare John's work to the more consistently successful power-pop rocker, Rick Springfield, this resemblance is not always apparent. While John adopts a similar lyrical style of mock-dirty lyrics, his content is invariably darker and less innocent, a trait perpetuated by the often brooding and complex musical arrangements. Also, John integrates hooks that are not immediately obvious - perhaps explaining his limited chart popularity and the slight success of this particular release - but several listens ensure an enjoyable listening experience as one makes sense of the broad, dynamic instrumentation.
If your only exposure to John's music heretofore has been the aforementioned St. Elmo's Fire theme, you may be in for a surprise. While the lesser known, but occasionally recognised "Naughty, Naughty," and the enjoyable opener "Magical" retain the playful, optimistic lyrical and musical theme of the hit, the remainder of the album explores darker issues. One might say that the album, with the exception of "Somebody Stole My Thunder," chronicles the exploitation of love and the ups and downs of relationships. And while this is no "Tunnel of Love," John manages an admirably symbiotic relationship between serious subject matter and not unaccessible proficient rock/pop fair.
In true AOR style, John's stories on occasion imitate the foreboding lyrics of Tom Petty's work, tracing the bitter aftermath of a broken relationship in the atmospheric "Revenge," through love as a weapon in "She's Gonna Love You To Death." "Somebody Stole My Thunder" is second only to "Naughty Naughty" for its chorus's hook, drenched in wailing guitars, and upping the pace from the prior, plodding "Heartbreaker."
Ultimately, John is a true original, and I can't draw an honest comparison from any other artist to his sound as a whole. It's a crying shame that such a honed voice and individual stylistic flair was not better appreciated by the music audience at the time. Nowadays, the latest musical trend manages to snowball into everybody's CD player within weeks, leaving one pondering whether music is now a reflection of one's individual identity or just a socially acceptable bond to today's unquestioning audiences. I strongly recommend that you at least listen to this album, and make the most of a unique opportunity. ~ Lawrence Brown