Nick Lowe, The Old Magic, YEP ROC

In recent years, the great and underrated Nick Lowe has made albums that live closer to jazz standards than to rock ‘n’ roll.
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In recent years, the great and underrated Nick Lowe has made albums that live closer to jazz standards than to rock ‘n’ roll. Listeners who follow him in this direction will be rewarded with deeply moving, personal songs and vocals as intimate and smooth as Fred Astaire (another great, underrated singer). The Old Magic features eight smart, lovely Lowe originals (a couple even rock a little) and a few well-chosen covers, including one of Elvis Costello’s greatest: “Poisoned Rose.”
BARBARA SCHULTZ

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