It’s extremely tempting to start this review with something like…”I knew Nick Lowe when he used to rock and roll…,” but I won’t because it might make you think I don’t like this album. I love this album, but there’s not much on it that is rock and roll.
What you’ll find here is a heady mixture of R&B, country, jazz, and a little rockabilly. It reminds me of a Charlie Rich album at times, a Johnny Cash album at other times. Anyway, the songs are all wonderfully written, the execution by Lowe and his band is very nice, his vocals match the weary maturity of the songs, and the packaging matches the album’s feel. If you’re a fan of this multi-talented man, or just a fan of good music, you’ll love this. Recommended.
This review originally appeared in VG‘s July ’98 issue.