Album: Nick Lowe, Quiet Please: The New Best of...(Proper)

A lot of cobblers has been talked on the subject of "honest craftmanship", but thankfully not recently by Nick Lowe, who remains the pop craftman's pop craftsman by virtue of the fact that he just gets on with it these days.

Here is the complete Lowe story, from Brinsley Schwarz to "Long-Limbed Girl", spread over two discs (plus DVD) – succinct, digestible, witty, slightly doggy but always engaging. It was never much of a voice, but the tunes hold up like troupers.

Pick of the album: 'So It Goes': oh, it does do that

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