Skyscraper Crow is the double album from Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Anders Parker. Disc one (Skyscraper) is a subtle techno-pop album that sounds like it belongs in the 80s. You can see The Smiths influence here, with Parkers’ vocals sounding like a mix between Howard Jones and The Jesus and Mary Chain’s Jim Reid. However, the vocals are perhaps the only interesting aspect of Skyscraper. Even remotely catchy songs like “Calling Out to You” and “Slow Clouds” are lackluster, making the entire disc seem void of point and substance.
Luckily, Disc two (Crow) takes a break from the electronics, focusing instead on a theme of relaxing, folk-like acoustics. “72nd Street Horses” is perhaps the most appealing track on the entire double album, and this track alone is worth the listen. It’s in songs like “My Bird,” “In the Wind” and “Horses Running Over the Hills” where I feel Parker channeling greats like Elliot Smith and Bob Dylan, yet unlike the former two artists, you never quite feel Parkers expression or emotion when he sings. If he chooses to stay with the acoustic, I think he’s on the right track, and he definitely has a voice worth listening to. But Parker needs to find a more distinct venue of sound if he wants to stand out from the many Dylan fans that decide to pick up an acoustic guitar.
Besides having two solo records, one EP and one live album, Anders Parker is also a member of Varnaline, Space Needle, and Gob Iron. Check out more from Anders Parker at MySpace.