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  • Audio CD (September 11, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B00005MCW4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,162 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Nick continued his hot streak of warm, introspective recordings with this 2001 release, which beautifully balances wry wit and stark emotional honesty. He taps soul, blues, R&B and country as he charms with Has She Got a Friend? Homewrecker; I'm a Mess; Bygones (Won't Go); Cupid Must Be Angry ; Johnny Rivers' Poor Side of Town , and more on CD or vinyl!

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Nick Lowe has reached a midlife plateau in his career where he can actually gaze down upon some mighty impressive past accomplishments. Lowe left his mark on pub rock, punk, and new wave as a performer and producer before losing momentum in the late '80s and early '90s. However, with 1994's The Impossible Bird he engineered a stunning artistic comeback. Dig My Mood, which arrived four years later, proved Bird was no fluke. And The Convincer keeps the streak going. Like its predecessor, this 12-song set is anchored around reflective tunes that are presented with a minimum of fuss. The mature Lowe takes his vocal cues from Nat "King" Cole; like the great romantic crooner, there's an elegant catch in his delivery that's both downcast and dignified. The once irrepressible wag with a propensity for punning record titles (The Abominable Showman, 16 All-Time Lowes) is now a soulful balladeer of the first order. Somehow those irreverent hijinks aren't missed in the least. --Steven Stolder

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Great writing, great arrangements, and great singing.
TMG
There's so much depth here that I don't think I'll ever get tired of listening to this CD -- Every listening is like hearing it for the first time.
Casey Murray
And I also love the feel of "Let's Stay in and Make Love" - a nice romantic throwback.
W. K. Jerram

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Nick Lowe was one of the pioneers of new wave music. He wrote scathingly witty songs that were delivered in a power pop, punkish tones. In recent years he has moved away from that sound and developed into something of a balladeer. The Convincer is full mellow songs crooned by Mr. Lowe. His voice has become more and more of an instrument over the years. Despite the change in styles, Mr. Lowe has retained his wry sense of humor and sharp wit. "Bygones (Won't Go)", "I'm A Mess", "Lately I've Let Things Slip", "Let's Stay In & Make Love" and "Only A Fool Breaks His Own Heart" all retain that classic Lowe writing style. He does an elegant version of Johnny Rivers' "Poor Side Of Town" which may be the best song on the disk.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Stodder on November 25, 2002
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This is, first of all, just a great album. If you had a choice, I might recommend "Dig My Mood" first, because that album reaches incredible heights that aren't quite hit with this one, but I have no complaints--this is wonderful songwriting, and the performances by Lowe and his band are of such sublime subtlety. Getting old sounds great here, if it means you can be relaxed and precise, spontaneous and controlled, all at once.
I keep wondering, though, what the hell everybody means by saying this album "completes the trilogy"? Did Lowe ever announce he was doing a trilogy? Did he map out these three albums (with "Impossible Bird" being first, then "...Mood" then this) in advance? Is he finished now, and is planning to move to a new genre? Is he retiring? From what I can tell of his compositional method, he writes and records his albums a song at a time. If his muse gives him another song in this style, is he going to say, "Oh well, I'm done with all that with the completion of my trilogy, so I guess I'll just send this song along to Solomon Burke or someone else."
Well, I hope not. Bring on the four-peat! This is a great, classic musical model that Lowe can do for the next 25 years as far as I'm concerned.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Moseley on November 22, 2001
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He's so funny, that Nick Lowe. Gets wittier and drier with every album. I thought Dig My Mood had plumbed the depths to which the deserted male could sink, but The Convincer is colder, leaner and wrings out every drop of feeling like twisting an old dishcloth.
The killer has to be "Lately I've Let Things Slide". "That untouched takeaway/ I brought home the other day/ Has quite a lot to say..." Just what kind of emotional state is this poor man in? What on earth happened between him and Carlene, or whoever she was? We've all been there but, dearie me, there's a lot to learn from these wretched accounts.
Obviously hanging out with Dan Penn has honed Nick's skill even further. The imagery is plainer, more direct . In "What's Shaking on the Hill" ten years earlier, Nick 's lovelorn dilemma was described in terms of social exclusion. Now it's all down to laundry baskets and dirty shirts.Johnny Rivers' "The Poor Side of Town" is a classic, a familiar tale of a lover reclaimed. In "Has She Got a Friend?" we find our hero standing on the sidelines at an early '60's dance, the oh so-nearly nicked guitar phrase from "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" giving the game away. But there is a pared down economy in the writing and a rare tenderness in the vocals on everything here. He is becoming the song writing great he once parodied and every nuance of meaning is carefully delivered.
This new album may not have the comprehensive dazzle of Dig My Mood, but it certainly digs deep. It's leaner, starker and even more - well - hopeless. I'm convinced.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 2001
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As with his previous works Nick Lowe delivers a set of brilliantly crafted songs dealing with ups and downs of life and relationships.
This set is darker than his more optimistic last studio work Dig My Mood, but employs the same uncluttered production and instrumentation.
The lyrics and sentiment are crystal clear whether in the relatively dark Homewrecker, the elated She's Got Soul or tender Let's Stay In and Make Love. Another jewel is Indian Queens with a subtle historical touch. The Convincer is a fine example of contemporary song writing with pop and country undertones highlighting concise writing and emotional strength. If already a Lowe fan you'll enjoy. If new to this work I'd take the chance and buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "kath320" on January 9, 2002
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If I could write as well as Nick Lowe, this review would only be about 20 words long, but would perfectly convey my opinion regarding this CD. Unfortunately, there's only one Nick Lowe! After hearing "She's Got Soul" on our local alternative radio station, I bought this CD, and it's now a favorite! Nick has such a way with phrasing - "no one can wreck a home better than you can, and I should know, cause I'm a homeless man" from "Homewrecker", and "smoking I once quit, now I've got one lit, I just fell back into it", from "Lately I've Let Things Slide" are just two examples. Clean production, catchy melodies, and Nick's voice - sounding like he's telling you his deepest secrets - perfection!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jay Thompson on April 29, 2003
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This is Nick the well-dressed, elegant charmer -- Nick the knife is long gone. No remakes of "So It Goes" or "Marie Provost" here; he sticks close to the torchy, country- and soul-derived crooning of *Impossible Bird* and *Dig My Mood.* This is an album of mellow pleasures, for better or worse. Its fairly soundalike, and a few of the songs seem slight, but the band and Lowe are in great spirits.
Strangely, this record picks up considerably on the second side -- special highlights for me include Johnny Rivers' "Poor Side of Town," "Bygones Won't Go," "Lately I've Let Things Slide" and of course, the damn-near-perfect love song "Let's Stay in and Make Love."
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