Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for all the Family
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2013 holiday release from the veteran British singer/songwriter. When Nick Lowe was approached by his record label about making a Christmas album, his reaction wasn't exactly one of comfort and joy. And the joys of Christmas infuse the dozen songs on Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family. The album features originals and covers of seldom heard seasonal songs plus a few you may be slightly familiar with. Anyone who likes their Christmas soundtracks with plenty of heart and humor, and a sprinkle of understated charm, will enjoy Quality Street for the newly minted classic that it is. You might say it's the kind of record that gives vulgar, tawdry commercialism a good name.
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One look at the list of composers told me I was going to love this: Boudleaux Bryant, Roger Miller, Ry Cooder, Ron Sexsmith, Roy Wood, and of course Trad Arr., as well as Nick Lowe. I'll be listening to this thing every December for...well, forever.
According to the interview, Nick Lowe is a Brit who specializes in what they used to call Pub Rock, which is where Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, and he sharpened their chops back in the 80s. Lowe is an older gent now, but he can still belt it out. The first track is a hard hitting Memphis blues version of the old standard Children Go Where I Send Thee. It's good enough to make some hairs stand up.
He has some great original tracks, like Christmas At The Airport, which was especially poignant for me when I bought this album from Amazon downloads at LAX the same day I heard the interview.
I'd give this album a strong 7 out of 10, not my favorite Christmas album, but still fun. It's in the category of stuff that I'll gladly listen to, but that my wife will hate. I'll listen to it at work or driving around, but I probably won't put it on the playlist for our Christmas party. I'd love to hear these tracks mixed in on some of the XM Christmas stations though.
Nice work Mr. Lowe. And by the way, your interview with Carolla was one of the best interviews I've heard in ages.
EDIT: I've owned this album for less than a week and I've already heard two tracks playing in different stores, evidently over XM or whatever Muzak they subscribe to. Way to go Nick Lowe!
I don't know the other reviewer's choice of Glen Campbell's record, and I'd guess it's fine, but I doubt it's this original in song choices or newer material. I would, though, also recommend, for the holiday shopper, Dale Watson's excellent honky tonk record, "Christmas in Texas," I believe it's called. No man stands taller in the Country saddle than Mr. Watson, and he has a singular mix of old and new on his recording.
That said, Nick Lowe rules. Period.
"Christmas Can't Be Far Away", "Old Toy Trains", and "A Dollar Short of Happy" are relaxed, eggnog-by-the-fireplace sounding tunes -- and all wonderful. My favorite track is a Lowe original -- a retelling of the first Christmas from the Christ child's point of view, "I Was Born In Bethlehem." Also there are fun, uptempo covers of the carols "Children Go Where I Send Thee," "Rise Up Shepherds And Follow" (great!) and "Silent Night," three original tunes including "Christmas At The Airport," and covers of "Just To Be With You", "North Pole Express" and "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day." In truth, I loved every song on the album . . . except "Hooves On The Roof" -- the jury is still out on that one!
Are you looking for something different this Christmas? Fans of Nick Lowe and anyone else who likes well written, quirky and heartfelt songs should find this to be a real Christmas treat. I certainly did.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful holiday treat. I highly recommend this. I ordered 7 copies for gifts, and kept one for myself. Now I need the vinyl.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
If I didn't hate Christmas I would have bought the vinyl but I do, I do hate Christmas so I just bought the CD and now it is my favorite, mostly secular, non religious (a good... Read morePublished 10 months ago by George Richardson
Music is a very personal "style"- & I know I'm a bit different- (especially after a med caused stroke in 2001!) but I've always enjoyed Nick Lowe. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Greg Ward
A very subtle and well done album, great melodies and mellowing singing. For those who do not like their Christmas music overly sweet! Read morePublished 14 months ago by A. mcnamara
This is my new favorite holiday album. Nick Lowe is wonderful. Christmas at the Airport is hilarious. I can't stop listening to it. And Christmas has been over for six weeks.Published 20 months ago by Katherine