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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

Brilliant, as usual

Nick Lowe continues to age like a piece of cheese. Cheese that writes timeless songs and sings them perfectly.

Never a miss

From his early Brinsley days to Pure Pop to the Cowboy Outfit to The Old can only marvel at the evolution of Nick the tunesmith. His lyrics are smart, sometimes biting, but always listenable. He avoids repitition that comes with time and focuses on what can evolve from keeping the ear and mind open. I put John Prine and Nick Lowe in the same category as 'national treasures' in their respective homes.

Excellent follow up to At My Age

Nick does it again! Timeless melodies, sweet lyrics; I love this album and, if you're a mature adult, so will you. Favorite tracks: 3,4,5,6,7


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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