The Old Magic
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The Old Magic

September 13, 2011

  Song Title
Stoplight Roses
Checkout Time
House For Sale
Sensitive Man
I Read A Lot
Shame On The Rain
Restless Feeling
Poisoned Rose
Somebody Cares For Me
You Don't Know Me At All
Til' The Real Thing Comes Along

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • Copyright: 2011 Nick Lowe Ltd. Exclusively Distributed to Yep Roc Records
  • Total Length: 35:19
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  • ASIN: B005EV9GT6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,610 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic american songs from a brit September 15, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Fantastic songwriting, with an understated, sincere retro sound. The arrangements are classic, in the sense of representing the best, most intelligent parts of American music over more than a half-century. These songs could have come from fifty, sixty, seventy years ago, and been called "country" or just "pop". They would be hits, easily, in any time period with an intelligent popular-music culture. (Which means Nick won't be selling many of these CDs in today's market.) The smooth arrangements, often with throw-back backing vocals, serve to focus our attention on Nick's voice and lyrics. He sounds great, and the songs are finely-wrought timeless pieces. I just heard this entire release on our great radio station (FUV!) here in NYC while driving up the Upper East Side highway, and I bet bands will be covering these songs for years and years to come.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nick Lowe has still got it September 13, 2011
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I've been a fan of Nick Lowe since I first heard "Cruel To Be Kind". Though he has mellowed over the years his songwriting is as sharp as ever. The songs are easy to relate to and fun to listen to. Thank you Nick Lowe for putting out quality when so few musicians are.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic From Nick Lowe September 15, 2011
It would be an injustice to Nick Lowe's body of work since the mid-70's to claim this is his best album ever. There can be no best Nick Lowe album ever. With a catalog that includes his albums with Brinsley Schwarz, his two classic early solo albums, Jesus Of Cool and Labour of Lust, and now his "rebirth", since the brilliant The Impossible Bird in 1994, there is more than enough territory to discuss which is Nick's greatest album. That said, The Old Magic, can now be placed in that discussion.

Looking back at this career, it is now fairly clear that, for many years, hiding outside of plain sight, has been one of our era's greatest and cleverest lyricist. This talent is in full view on The Old Magic. What is different is Nick has loosened-up on the anger and loathing, some self-directed (and there's nothing wrong with anger and loathing in the hands of a writer of Nick Lowe's stature) and, in their place, is some acceptance, some wisdom, some melancholy, some tenderness, a few well-selected covers and a whole bunch of good old-fashioned melody. Finely crafted lyrics and strong melody, well that's the old magic of the classic pop song. That's what Nick set out to do, that's what he has achieved in spades.

Note: If you own a turntable, get the vinyl. Great pressing and, because of the modest length of this album, the single 12" LP could be mastered at 45 RPM for higher resolution.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I enter into this review with one giant caveat: I am a *huge* Nick Lowe fan. I own virtually every American release the man has put out and have bought several plane tickets to other states to see him perform. I also live in Nashville, Tennessee, which he plays often and where he maintains family ties thanks to his former marriage to Carlene Carter, Johnny Cash's bear all this in mind when you read what I have to say.

This record is just fantastic. In the old days, Nick Lowe wrote barnburner songs about getting lucky in love, driving a fast car, and a lot of the tropes you heard in songs originating in the American South during the 1950's; my mother is convinced that Nick Lowe is Elvis Presley reconstituted. In a way that comparison makes a certain amount of sense - the original singer of joints like "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock" was also capable of moments of sentimentality, as evidenced by songs like "Love Me Tender" and "Can't Help Falling in Love". So 'tain't necessarily true that someone primarily known for scorchingly good rock music is incapable of producing moments of more delicate sensibility.

Songs written by Nick Lowe, regardless of genre, are hallmarked by Lowe's staggering songwriting abilities. For the better part of forty years, the man has cranked out hit after hit, from the AOR radio hit "Cruel to be Kind" to the perpetually covered "What's so Funny 'Bout Peace Love & Understanding" to the lesser known, but still mighty swinging "Jumbo Ark" from his 1991 affair "Party of One.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From punk to master crooner October 18, 2011
By G. Lara
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Anyone familiar with Lowe's work from the last decade will find this new release comes in well over the artistic bar he's set with his last few albums. He just seems to be getting smoother with time, a bit less edgy but no less wise or sophisticated. It's hard to classify the sound here, not exactly country, not pop, and certainly not rock, but clearly build on a foundation of all three. Smart lyrics, catchy melodies, smooth arrangements and understated musical performances are the base upon which Lowe's unique lyrical style play out. Unless you usually listen to Brittany Spears, Lady Gaga or Jay-Z (and maybe even if you do), it's hard to go wrong with this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars quality all the way October 2, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Just bought this album yesterday. I didn't like it much on first listen, but by midnight I couldn't STOP listening to it. It's not the same sound as Rockpile Nick, but still quality all the way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars FINE WINE
Mr Lowe is proof you can move on to other music without alienating your fan base. (or am I just getting old)
This record is great late at night with glass of red, melancholy... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Johnny Komatsu
5.0 out of 5 stars Nick Lowe is great!!!
Sweet tunes...touching and real....kind and smart....... and nice listening.
Let is play....put it on repeat.......go about your life. Nick Lowe is a classic!!!
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Donald E. Bergin
4.0 out of 5 stars He still has it
This guy is a master at songwriting and performing. No matter how old his magic is, he still has it.
Published 12 months ago by John Thornbrook
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm Loving the New Lowe...
This Album mixes well with all his "change over" Albums of late.
Slow & Cool, like a stray alley cat walking through the hard life
of bumps, bruises and yes, the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by TxGent
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia with an edge
Wonderful, old-style music and lyrics, but completely modern. Lowe's deep baritone, perfect enunciation and the delicate arrangements -- loved it!
Published 15 months ago by Patricia B. Ware
5.0 out of 5 stars Nick Lowe lays down some great music...
I can listen to some of these tracks and just melt into them. I Read a Lot, House for Sale, and Stoplight Roses are wonderful tracks that should make Lowe's genius clear to any... Read more
Published 16 months ago by G. Lenti
3.0 out of 5 stars Nick Lowe Magic
Slow paced, but with some great jazzy moments. I would be reluctant to recommend it to someone not familiar with Nick Lowe. Read more
Published 17 months ago by johnbilt
5.0 out of 5 stars Geezer-rama
Nick Lowe speaks eloquently to those of us who have been there--on top of the mountain and down in the ditch-- and who love to wallow in either place. Read more
Published 17 months ago by The Burnt Biscuit
1.0 out of 5 stars I gotta be honest....its amazin how samey they are
YOU SHOULD BUY THIS BUT, I had to write this first before I proceed to give every single OTHER Nick Lowe album (apart from Pinker*) FIVE massive bulging stars. I LOVE HIM. Read more
Published 21 months ago by TrueBrit
3.0 out of 5 stars The Old Snoozer
My take on this album is pretty much the same as reviewer Jeff Monroe: this is just TOO mellow. Yes, the last few albums were nice and Nick's new "style" seemed to suit him well. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
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