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Struck by Lightning was the culmination of Graham Parker's previous two records, where he increasingly began to chronicle domestic tasks and affairs of the married heart. For such an intimate subject, Parker wisely decided to scale back the musical ambition of Human Soul on Struck by Lightning, recording a lean, stripped-down album that relied heavily on acoustic guitars. Appropriately, his lyrics were some of the most concise he had written in years, breathing life into tales like "The Kid with the Butterfly Net" and "Wrapping Paper." Parker's music was similarly simple and tuneful, making Struck by Lightning his best effort since the early '80s. [In 2016, Struck by Lightning was reissued in a Remastered & Expanded Edition featuring five bonus tracks, including alternate takes of "The Kid with the Butterfuly Net" and "Wrapping Paper."]