Few rock and rollers 'of a certain age' grow older with grace and dignity. In Nick Lowe's case, with this trio of superlative albums, he glided into the lofty echelons of rock elder statesmen, crafting superb albums that echo the late reflowering of the likes of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. The music and lyrics here are as elegantly tailored as the suits that Lowe favours these days. Pick of the bunch is 'The Impossible Bird', an album that charts emotional desolation with far more understated elegance and style than say, Elvis Costello has managed in recent years. True, the knockabout Lowe of old, 'All Men Are Liars' style is gone, and unlikely to ever return, but the new, more soberly reflective Nick is infinitely preferable, and humour and wit still abound, but of a far more subtle variety. 'Dig My Mood' contains the magnificent 'You Inspire Me', a piano ballad that would've suited Nat 'King' Cole to a tee, but also the sinister 'Faithless Lover' (wherein even a slight Portishead influence can be detected (old dog + new tricks = great record), and 'The Convincer' has tracks like 'Home Wrecker', a svelte piece of West London Southern Soul. Nothing to turn off, and three great platters that would improve the finest record collection.