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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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  • Vinyl (19 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc
  • ASIN: B0058IA6K8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 530,753 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter Gage on 16 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is Nick Lowe revealing who he is, putting into straightforward words and music what so many of us experience in life. And he hits the nail right on the head every time for me. Honest simple, beautifully crafted songs, this is what I listen to Nick Lowe for. As always, the recorded sound is real and uncluttered, and the musicianship is brilliant. Not only that Nick puts his songs over beautifully with his dry, resigned sense of conviction. Knowing what he's produced in the distant past, including 2 of the best Dr Feelgood albums in my opinion ("Case of the shakes" & "Be seeing you") and the stuff he turned out with Rockpile, and knowing what a "full" life he has led, I'm just grateful that he made it to this point in time to give us these wonderful mellow reflections on what it's like to be a bloke in your sixties (like me!!)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Matt on 12 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Soundwise it's very much in the same vein as the previous 4 albums from 'Impossible Bird' onwise - another set of very fine songs, some of which would rank in his 'alltime great' category.
Highlights include all the uptempo numbers - Checkout time, Sensitive man, Restless Feeling and Somebody cares for me, plus a couple of standout ballads - I read a lot and 'Til the real thing comes along. Well crafted, arranged and executed songs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Hine on 5 April 2012
Format: Audio CD
Despite the title, Nick Lowe's latest album THE OLD MAGIC doesn't offer a trip back to Nick Lowe's late 70s "heyday." It's less the sound of breaking glass, more the acceptance of creaking joints. At 62, the famed singer-songwriter (and Elvis Costello producer) offers up a gentle, knowing, sardonic, self-deprecating collection of new songs and covers (including Costello's Poisoned Rose). On opener Stoplight Roses, there's the acceptance that cheap gestures won't heal all wounds when "you've broken something... stoplight roses won't mend." Checkout Time is an old-fashioned country song in which the aging singer, past his "long-forgotten prime" asks: "will I be beloved and celebrated for my masterly climb/or just another bum when it comes to checkout time?" I Read a Lot he tells us on the song of that title "much more than before," especially now he's been left "high and in a loveless land/with nothing but time on my hands". Another song details why and how he's a Sensitive Man. On the bouncy Restless Feeling, Lowe sings that he's got "wander dust all in my shoes again." Lowe's still got a sharp wit and a young spirit and THE OLD MAGIC proves he's still capable of putting out an album that sparkles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ootyowl on 8 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Once again Nick Lowe continues to show that advancing years only add to his songwriting skills. Ably accompanied by his trusted band, Nick croons his way through an effortless collection. The man goes from strength to strength.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mbiv on 17 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Ah,Nick Lowe who has been about a while,and has captured what it means to be "maturing" ie like a fine wine,he improves with age.Nice mix of songs and emotions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Mccook on 2 May 2013
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I bought this on the day of release and have played it more than any other release by any other artist since probably the 1980's. It's not very often now that an album gives that spine tingling shiver of enjoyment in the way this does. It's also not that often when you see an artist live that you want him to play the majority of his new album (which he did thankfully). There are so many highlights and three wonderful, but simple, videos for "Sensitive Man", "House For Sale" and "Stoplight Roses".

This is quite possibly in my top ten albums of all time, it's that good, honestly.
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By John F. Wallcraft on 21 July 2013
Format: Audio CD
So mellow it is almost entirely supine, this seemed to me at first to be a step too far into the lounge-core swing mood that Lowe has done so brilliantly of late. And slowly, slowly, it revealed itself to be a thing of true beauty with an even more confident, sustained mood than The Convincer or At My Age and with tunes every bit as good. Lowe has always seemed to be a tune-smith, with his personality hanging back a little from the songs, too arch, too knowing and too subtle to shoulder himself forward into the public conscience like Costello did, which is a shame really as for forty odd years he has been quietly assembling one of the eras great songbooks.

With this latest run of albums he has been experiencing what he described as 'an Indian summer' getting a rep, perhaps, as a sonic master producing static-free swing with perfect retro styling (i.e hipsters like him). This is fine an all, and must be doing his bank balance no harm at all, but I do feel it subtly misses the point. While this comes on as slightly twee Hoxton junk-shop friendly git music, in fact it's really just the latest annex of what Lowe's been doing his whole career.

Love, sex, melancholy, abandonment, despair, mortality, the themes have not changed, and while the tempo may be slowed it's very clear that the mind is just as intent and at times as anguished as it always has been. Wrapped up in each of these lovely songs is a serious meditation on the strains of life and humanity, he isn't shouting his pain but then he never did.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By CRP VINE VOICE on 12 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
He's written some fine songs ( Cruel to be kind / I love the sound of breaking glass...) and produced some notable albums (Elvis Costello for one) of recent years, and his latest `The Old Magic', is no different.

Whilst many aging rockers are desperately trying to recapture their youth and dress like The Foo Fighters (good band mind) in an attempt to extend their vintage appeal, Lowe is growing older with dignity, penning outstanding songs about life as he finds it as an elder.

But before you jump to any conclusions, this isn't some pipe and slippers or `lets just issue one more release to top up the pension' set. It's a collection of well-observed short story-like songs by a mature and seasoned songwriter.

I'd even go as far to say the album offers some of the best songs he's written.

Stoplight Roses, House for Sale, and I Read A Lot are my top three.
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