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It's amazing how few rock artists age gracefully, but Nick Lowe has managed to do so in seemingly effortless fashion. Flying in his usual spot under the radar, the onetime pub rocker and power popper has devised a sound that is a beguiling, sophisticated blend of country rock and late-night lounge music. The transformation began with 1994's hidden gem, the country-colored The Impossible Bird, and continued with 1998's Dig My Mood. The Convincer, from 2001, follows in that mold, and the first thing that strikes you is the sound--cozy and comfortable, corner of the living room. Lowe's songwriting is as sharp as ever, sly, witty, and touching. The opening "Homewrecker" and closing "Let's Stay In and Make Love" are fitting (if divergent) bookends while "Lately I've Let Things Slide" and "Indian Queens" most closely evoke the classic country songwriting style. Gently swirling organs, quiet acoustic strumming, restrained pianos, and understated drums are the order of the day, as Lowe sings with quiet confidence and knowingness that only a wily veteran can muster.

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it is a shame there are not more reviews of this--for i assume it means that not many people have heard it or are buying it. simply put this record is stunning--in its quiet beauty. such a mature confident delivery. i have known about nick lowe for a long time. i liked his work but was never so taken aback as on this one,and the other 2 of the triligy(impossible bird,dig my mood) there was a great song by him on the little village album(fool who knows)as well. i grew up in the 70's and a lot of the laid back vibes of the era seem to be present in these songs--blending singer songwriter fare with country cross-over stuff--think charlie rich. the cover of poor side of town in my mind is brilliant.johnny rivers is cool but not this cool. also in an era of single downloads and shuffled playlists i find i want to put this one on and listen from front to back. no small feet. hope he continues to release top notch material

The Convincer - Nick Lowe

This is an awesome ,must have album. Sophisticated,poingnant and easy to listen to any time. You really should make the investment - its worth it and I`m convinced.

A Long Way From Rockpile But...

"The Convincer" is a long way from Nick Lowe's Rockpile/pub rock music, but I guess most of us do mellow with age. While I am still a bigtime fan of the old pub rock sound, I sure do like the newer, settled-down sound of the music in these twelve songs. Nick's "Convincer" has me convinced. This is a great download.


Born: March 25, 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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