The Mona Lisa's Sister

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The Mona Lisa's Sister
Graham Parker-The Mona Lisa's Sister (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Graham Parker
Released April 1988
Recorded ?
Genre Blues rock, soul, rhythm and blues, reggae fusion
Length 38:48
Label RCA
Producer Graham Parker & Brinsley Schwarz
Graham Parker chronology
Steady Nerves
The Mona Lisa's Sister
Live! Alone in America
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]
Trouser Press (Favorable)[4]

The Mona Lisa's Sister is a 1988 album by Graham Parker. It was Parker's first album for RCA following an acrimonious split with Atlantic and the first he produced himself (with Brinsley Schwarz). The "stripped-down" sound of the album garnered critical acclaim and presaged a back-to-basics trend in rock music in the 1990s.[citation needed] It was re-released by Buddah Records in 1999 with a bonus track, "Ordinary Girl", the B-side to "Get Started. Start a Fire". The album debuted at #77 (US) May 28, 1988. This was its highest chart position.

In 1989, it was ranked #97 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 best albums of the 1980s.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All song by Graham Parker except (11)

  1. "Don't Let It Break You Down" – 3:34
  2. "Under the Mask of Happiness" – 3:34
  3. "Back in Time" – 3:24
  4. "I'm Just Your Man" – 3:41
  5. "OK Hieronymus" – 4:15
  6. "Get Started. Start a Fire" – 5:08
  7. "The Girl Isn't Ready" – 3:32
  8. "Blue Highways" – 2:35
  9. "Success" – 3:48
  10. "I Don't Know" – 2:47
  11. "Cupid" - (Sam Cooke) – 2:30

Bonus track - 1999 Buddha Re-release[edit]

12. "Ordinary Girl"