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The Old Magic

Nick Lowe

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Seeing the inimitable Nick Lowe referred to in some critical circles as a “distinguished crooner” still elicits a double take. There seems to be no end to his breadth and depth as a singer, writer, and musician, but many fans cling to the youthful bark and bite of Lowe’s early years. Unfortunately, they’re missing some truly great music, steeped in classic American pop and blues. On The Old Magic, his 13th studio album, there are heady infusions of Sinatra and Bacharach (“Restless Feeling”, “Sensitive Man”, “I Read A Lot”), a taste of Nashville (“Checkout Time”), and a trio of the quiet, heartbreaking ballads Lowe has become known for (“Stoplight Roses”, “House for Sale”, and “I Read a Lot”, each worthy of a companion Raymond Carver short story). He covers some greats, too, giving a bluesy delivery to Elvis Costello’s “Poisoned Rose” and wrapping Tom T. Hall’s “Shame on the Rain” in a warm and romantic embrace. Lighter fare, like “Somebody Cares for Me” and a third cover, “You Don’t Know Me at All” (by Jeff West of Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys) will elicit both smiles and some dance floor shuffling. Timeless, classic, and, yes, magical.

Customer Reviews


One of Nick Lowe's irresistible talents over the years has been to hitch lyrics to tunes to make sure they swing. ("Feel a Little Funky", "Down in the Dive", "Down in Mexico", "People Change"). A lot of the tracks on "The Old Magic" are written and sent from a bluer than blue address, but the groove and twinkle in the eye are still there. I wonder about the ghost train "aaahh orrr" chorus and miss the breakout organ solos of the Brinsley days ("I want minimalist, Geraint Watkins, minimalist") but have fallen for this album big time. Poignant, funny and swinging. No need to play that fast thing one more time.

Wordsmith revealed

Listen to the wordsmith at work painting pictures in your mind. Nick's high on Stoplight Roses carries you through a story so touching at a personal level and it gets better and better. Fans will love it but if you're new to Nick's charms stay with him this album will grow on you an reveal its warming quality.


Did not think it was as good as the convincer at first,but having listened to it a few more times it runs it pretty close


Born: 25 March 1949 in Woodchurch, Suffolk, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As the leader of the seminal pub rockers Brinsley Schwarz, a producer, and a solo artist, Nick Lowe held considerable influence over the development of punk rock. With the Brinsleys, Lowe began a back-to-basics movement that flowered into punk rock in the late '70s. As the house producer for Stiff, he recorded many seminal records by the likes of the Damned, Elvis Costello, and the Pretenders. His rough, ragged production style earned him the nickname "Basher" and also established the amateurish,...
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