Doug Brod
August 02, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

21st Century American

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Jedediah Parish
Producers
Lunch

We gave it an B+

For his ambitious second solo turn, Gravel Pit frontman Parish makes like a New English Ray Davies, offering oddball — and oddly soulful — paeans to trains, clocks, even rotary phones. On their second album, the Gentlemen (the rest of Boston’s Gravel Pit, plus Mike Gent of New York power-poppers the Figgs) party like it’s 1979 — channeling Elvis Costello, the Jam, and Kiss, while delivering enough hooks to suspend a naked Pavarotti in a modern-primitive ritual. American: B+ Gentlemen: A-

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