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Somewhere in London a musician carries the keys to the musical kingdom. In his Technicolor sonic scope are all kinds of sounds, from rock to country to soul to pop. Nothing is off limits, as long as it has a groove and goodness based in reality. The musician has been performing for 40 years, but is as fresh today as the first time he stepped on stage. There are no tricks or short cuts here. ... Read more in Amazon's Nick Lowe Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Jan. 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Demon
  • ASIN: B0000071PG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Impossible Bird is an album of incredibly beautiful and moving songs. In style, it is country music, but a very intelligent type of country. There are two styles of song here: the soulful ballad like The Beast In me, Shelley My Love, Where Is My Everything, Lover Don't Go and Withered On the Vine, and the more uptempo numbers like Trail Of tears, 12-Step Programme and I Live On a Battlefield. I find the ballads more appealing, and they are certainly unforgettable songs. The melodies are simple but gripping and the lyrics poetic without being pretentious. The highlights on this masterpiece of an album are The Beast In Me, in which the Shadow is addressed, the poignant Where Is My Everything, a song of resignation without self-pity and full of humour, the heartbreaking Lover Don' Go and the achingly beautiful Withered On The Vine. I loved Nick Lowe's sparkling brand of clever punk back in the 1970s, especially songs like I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass, Marie Provost, Tonight and So It Goes from his brilliant Pure Pop For Now People album. However the 1990s Lowe, as he emerges on Impossible Bird, is even more tuneful and more talented than the rocker of yore. This album is one of the obscure masterpieces of rock and these songs have an appeal that ought to transcend all musical boundaries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Wood, Author of 'Here's 2 Absent Fathers' on 1 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
`Party of One' didn't give Reprise the return it was looking for and so Nick was released to release `The Impossible Bird' on Nick Riviera's Demon records which was at that time also handling over old Stiff act's like Ian Dury as well as managing Elvis Costello's back catalogue.

And so `The Impossible Bird' was quite low key and its mellow tone makes for an understated album, this has lead to it being an overlooked classic.

And classic is certainly is dripping with honeyed soulful country ballads such as the opener `Soulful Wind'. `The Beast in Me', which Nick originally wrote for Johnny Cash, is one of the strongest songs on the album, showcasing Nick's song writing talent. The covers `True Love Travels On a Gravel Road', `Trail of Tears' and especially `I'll Be There' highlight Nick's talent for interpreting the songs of others with the latter making a perfect coda to the album.

The other Nick Lowe compositions make for a well fitting album rather than a collection of songs, which some of his earlier albums suffer from, and `Where's My Everything?' and especially '12-step Program (To Quit You Babe)' show that Nick has lost none of the humour that signified his writing during his eighties pomp. A wonderful album which shares with the listener some of the joy Nick and his colleagues had making it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. M. Hammond on 29 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
Bought this on recommendation from the Times - and it's worth every penny. A collection of 13 terrific songs, movingly performed. This is a classic album - but who knows about it? Go on - buy it and impress your friends with your taste.....
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Jun. 2001
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This album is incredibly articulate and inventive, offering 13 melodic gems without a single filler track. Hooks abound, but this is not just simple pop or country, as every song is infused with great emotional and musical substance to lure the listener back again and again. My favorites include Lowe's own compositions The Beast In Me, Where's My Everything?, Lover Don't Go, Withered On The Vine and 14 Days, but the covers of True Love Travels On A Gravel Road, Trail Of Tears and I'll Be There are superb too. If you like poetic lyrics set to beautiful melodies, you'll love this album. I do not even miss the absence of punk-influenced rockers at all, although I still love his first album "Pure Pop For Now People." This is my absolute best musical discovery of 2001, thus far. It's rare to find such quality and talent on a single album.
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