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A bit too much bland 'lounge' music for me...
on 12 September 2011
I liked the first four tracks 'Spotlight roses', 'Checkout time', 'House for sale' and 'Sensitive man'- which are typical Nick Lowe - well-crafted, poignant country-tinged ballads. However, on 'Sensitive man' the warning bells begin to sound with some mawkish background vocals and 'I read a lot', 'Shame on the rain' and 'Restless feeling' are all very sickly, bland "lounge" with 'Poisioned rose' being a cross - a kind of "loungey-country". The final three tracks are sort of OK, with the 60s-sounding "Somebody cares for me" being the album's most uptempo song, 'You don't know me at all' has some nice brass and cheesy organ and the final track 'Til the real thing comes along' is more camp blandness.
I'm afraid that for me this album was a bit of a disappointment, I like Nick's lyrics and it is all well-played but I just found it very bland without any real hooks. Overall it does sound quite like 2009's "Dig my mind" but doesn't have the variety of that record or its good musical settings and there is nothing here to compare with that album's wonderful 'High on a hilltop'.