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The Old Magic

September 13, 2011

$8.99
Song Title
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Stoplight Roses
3:28
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Checkout Time
2:51
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House For Sale
3:41
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Sensitive Man
2:52
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I Read A Lot
3:16
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Shame On The Rain
2:24
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Restless Feeling
2:40
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Poisoned Rose
4:46
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Somebody Cares For Me
2:50
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You Don't Know Me At All
3:06
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Til' The Real Thing Comes Along
3:25

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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: #47,084 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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Stoplight Roses - what a great song.
Kellie Carr
Smart lyrics, catchy melodies, smooth arrangements and understated musical performances are the base upon which Lowe's unique lyrical style play out.
G. Lara
I just heard this entire release on our great radio station (FUV!)
Moten Swing

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Moten Swing on 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 By Mattmanmash on 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 By James N. Perlman on September 15, 2011
Format: Vinyl
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 By Carrie Waterston VINE VOICE on September 23, 2011
Format: Audio CD
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 stepdaughter...so 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 By G. Lara on October 18, 2011
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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 By Thomas H. Brainerd on 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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