Nick Lowe, I Love You

Nick Lowe started churning out albums chock full of scrappy, sunny, American-flavored rock 'n' roll in the mid-1970s, but never reached the kind of stardom that a man of his talent deserves. Perhaps it's because he's a Brit and always approached music with a sardonic ear and eye. Man, foreigners get no play. You've probably never heard of Nick Lowe, though you may have—just may have—heard of the one single that did get some rotation: "Cruel to Be Kind." I should mention that Lowe has also produced albums by The Damned and The Pretenders, as well as the early work of Elvis Costello—indeed, Lowe penned one Costello's signature tunes, "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding."

Lowe's 12th studio album, At My Age, just came out today, and it marks the third in a trilogy that started with 1998's Dig My Mood and 2001's The Convincer. On these albums, Lowe trades in the rough edges that he is known for and pumps out a trippy but satisfying mix of smooth rock 'n' roll, blue-eyed soul, down-home country, lounge, and rhythm and blues, all why retaining his trademark ironic disposition.

And guess what? His label, Yep Rock Records, allows you to stream the entire new album for free. If you're not hooked after the inviting opening track, "A Better Man," or the biting "I Trained Her to Love Me," then I don't know what.

I saw Lowe in concert at Slim's in San Francisco about a dozen years ago and shoved my way towards the front to soak it all in. One of the best live performances ever. EVER.

—Reporting From Glendale, California


  1. i'll be streaming....even if i'm up a stream without an ipod.