Album: Nick Lowe, The Old Magic (Proper)
Sunday 11 September 2011
Can it ever be right to hybridise George Jones and Denis Norden? Lowe looks like one of them, sounds increasingly like the other and is nothing if not a gently rueful wit.
The gentleness is inherent in the songs, which acknowledge the drift of time and love with the persistence of an old buffer at the post office, while the music treads a gingerly path between the lighter textures of honky-tonk and a sort of indie lounge-pop. Charming. And he's only 61.
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