Nick Lowe has been around for donkey's years, and although he's hardly prolific, what he does release is inevitably of the highest quality. This double CD / DVD package pays overdue homage to the man's humanity and ability to make music that is emotionally affecting without ever being overwrought. Too many artists make the mistake of thinking that 'Passion' - ie oversinging - means soulfulness - Nick never makes that mistake. The beauty of his music is an utter lack of pretension, a sense of what is both funny ha-ha and funny peculiar, and that frequently, the joke is on him. Plus, he never falls into the 'too many words' criticism of one of his contemporaries (and running mates) Elvis Costello. Even albums that he has distanced himself from (and let's face it, the 80s were a lean time for more than just Nick) have their moments, and the best of that stuff is on here. But it's his last four albums - works of elegantly-tailored melancholy and the old mood indigo - that are the real gems of his career ('Jesus of Cool' aside), and you really ought to own them in their entirety, even if this collection does cherry-pick the best of them artfully. Buy two copies, and give one to someone you love.