ARTIST: JOHN PARKES
ALBUM: FAITHLESSNESSLESS LP
LABEL: Aaz RECORDINGS
John Parkes is an almost man. He's been in so many bands that nearly made it but has never gotten a lucky break. Perhaps he's due one. Faithlessnessless LP is twelve witty, humourous and clever little folk pop songs covering everything from teenagers on northern council estates to protesting against nuclear weapons.
The cover isn't much to look at but the songs are worth a listen. He sees what most don't. He can sing a song comparing a beautiful woman to a cigarette and make it sound reasonable (Cigarette). Parkes has an ear for melody much needed originality. Musically it's all guitar and voice with a little harmonica, like a light-hearted Dylan. The lack musical variation can be a little wearying, but it's the lyrics that keep you listening to the end. Whether he's singing about the days when the left meant left on Politics or CCTV and pedophiles on To Go Around John Parkes is one of a kind.