Album: Nick Lowe, The Old Magic (Proper)
Friday 09 September 2011
Like a fine wine, Nick Lowe continues to mature as a songwriter, at an age when others are withering on the vine.
The Old Magic is stuffed with the kind of retro-styled standards that will doubtless be mined by generations of Nashville crooners to come, performed here in unassuming arrangements that try not to get in the way of the songs. Opener "Stoplight Roses" is typical, a brilliant image of guilty reproach for some transgression "stoplight roses can't mend". "Sensitive Man" finds Lowe on the other side of that blame divide, while the genial swaggers of "Somebody Cares for Me" and "Restless Feeling" betoken more cheerful outlooks. Lowe's maturing as a vocalist, too: there's a distinct touch of Nat King Cole creeping into "I Read a Lot", one of a few songs here confronting the encroaching loneliness of age.
DOWNLOAD THIS: Stoplight Roses; I Read a Lot; Restless Feeling
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