Anders Parker

Anders Parker

by Anders Parker
     
 
After briefly teaming with occasional collaborator and tour mate Jay Farrar for an album as Gob Iron, Anders Parker steps back into solo mode with this self-titled album, his second since retiring the group name Varnaline. After digging deep into rootsy ground with Gob Iron, Anders Parker finds the singer and songwriter venturing

Overview

After briefly teaming with occasional collaborator and tour mate Jay Farrar for an album as Gob Iron, Anders Parker steps back into solo mode with this self-titled album, his second since retiring the group name Varnaline. After digging deep into rootsy ground with Gob Iron, Anders Parker finds the singer and songwriter venturing into gentler and more laid-back surroundings; while the melodic sensibilities of these songs are consistent with much of Parker's previous work, the production and arrangements often recall the Golden Age of country-rock and Laurel Canyon singer/songwriters, especially Mark Spencer's sweetly mournful pedal steel guitar and Ken Coomer's drumming, which is reminiscent of Russ Kunkel's mid-'70s work with James Taylor and Jackson Browne. The smooth surfaces and excellent craft of Anders Parker makes for a strange and subtle contrast with the somber lyrical mood of songs like "Oh, Monkeywrench," "Dear Sara" and "False Positive" (a notion that seems to follow all the way through to the cover artwork, with it's photos of L.A. palm trees and musicians around the pool), but the album makes the most of the ironies, and both the songs and Parker's delivery rank with his best work on record. Imagine an Asylum Records-approved Mellow Mafia guy who traded in his smugness for a lingering introspective depression and you get an idea of what the album Anders Parker is about, and it's no small praise to say Parker was not only able to visualize such a concept, but make it work on tape with a commendable degree of heart and soul.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2006
Label:
Baryon Records
UPC:
0730876914520
catalogNumber:
6
Rank:
258142

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anders Parker   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Jennifer Condos   Bass,Bass Guitar
Ken Coomer   Percussion,Drums
Phil Hurley   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Sally Timms   Vocals
Kristin Mooney   Vocals
Eric Heywood   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Mando Cello
Mark Spencer   Piano
Kirk Swan   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Kendall Meade   Vocals
James Weed   Strings,Electric Piano,Moog Synthesizer,Hammond B3

Technical Credits

Adam Lasus   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Anders Parker   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Bob Andrews   Management
Amy Pojman   Management

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