A caustic, key performer in 1970s UK pub rock that begat punk, Parker has never really stopped. He’s managed to reassemble the sextet from his best early albums, such as Howlin’ Wind
. The playing on Three Chords Good
is less fierce, as are his vocals. The songs are another matter. Parker skewers the military disconnect (“Arlington’s Busy”) and the anti-abortion rights crowd (“Coathangers”) while wistfully noting simple pleasures (“Last Bookstore in Town”) with rich descriptive powers. He’s not a household name, a source of jokes for his recent cameo in This is 40
. Long-time fans should feel renewed. New fans have some catching up to do.