Rolling Stone (9/17/92, p.94) - 3 Stars - Good - "...offers further proof of the singer's softer side..."
Entertainment Weekly (8/14/92, p.61) - "...If the spare arrangements suggest a crackerjack prom band of the early '60s, the conviction in Parker's soulful voice ignites them with strength and sentiment..." - Rating: B
Q (9/92, p.78) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...reveals Parker's rasping vocals and songwriting wherewithal to be in tip top shape...shivers and echoes with a quaking power..."
Dirty Linen (Dec./Jan. 92-93, p.78) - "...delivers quintessential Parker: hard driving rock and roll and soulful love/lust songs with lyrics that are intelligent, witty, and sarcastic..."
Musician (9/92, p.104) - "...some of his catchiest tunes in a decade..."
Personnel: Graham Parker (vocals, guitars, harmonica), Sonia Slany, Caroline Barnes, Jocelyn Pook (violin), Caroline LaVelle (cello), Eddie Manion (saxophone), Mick Talbot (keyboards), Andrew Bodnar (bass), Pete Thomas (drums, percussion), Ren, Stimpy (percussion), P.P. Arnold (background vocals).
With BURNING QUESTIONS, Graham Parker remains largely in the reflective mode he'd established on the preceding STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, but it's not all gentle introspection. There are several moments peppered throughout the album where he kicks into a sound akin to the rock & soul of his salad days, and when he does, the ace band of former Rumour bassist Andrew Bodnar, Style Council keyboardist Mick Talbot, and Elvis Costello's Attractions drummer Pete Thomas are there to lend Parker the proper brand of pub-rock-schooled support.