June 29, 1981 12:00 PM

The Rumour

Graham Parker owed much of his acid sting to this foursome, which backed up all six of his albums. As individuals, they’ve lent their punch to tours or discs with Nick Lowe, Carlene Carter, Garland Jeffreys and Elvis Costello. Relieved of Parker’s heavy cargo of cynicism on their own third LP, the Rumour rides higher in the water. Like Rockpile, this group tracks its lineage back to the English pubrock scene of the early ’70s and shares the same virtues: a witty outlook, buoyant and frequently charming melodies and a sexy-tough instrumental delivery. On guitar, Martin Belmont and Brinsley Schwarz are versatile, economical, sly and, when need be, overpowering.

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