Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For The Whole Family

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Easing into his second decade as a dapper crooner, it's little wonder that Nick Lowe has succumbed to the siren call that seduces every gentleman vocalist: he's gone and made a Christmas album. Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family is cut from the same cloth as all of Lowe's recent albums, cannily mixing up country, rockabilly, torch songs, and '50s pop, a cozy blend that's well suited for evenings snuggled up by the fireplace. Surprisingly, Quality Street isn't as sleepy as its predecessor, 2011's The Old Magic, a charmingly low-key collection whose pulse rarely quickened. That's not the case with Quality Street, which opens with a kicking ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Easing into his second decade as a dapper crooner, it's little wonder that Nick Lowe has succumbed to the siren call that seduces every gentleman vocalist: he's gone and made a Christmas album. Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family is cut from the same cloth as all of Lowe's recent albums, cannily mixing up country, rockabilly, torch songs, and '50s pop, a cozy blend that's well suited for evenings snuggled up by the fireplace. Surprisingly, Quality Street isn't as sleepy as its predecessor, 2011's The Old Magic, a charmingly low-key collection whose pulse rarely quickened. That's not the case with Quality Street, which opens with a kicking rockabilly revision of the traditional "Children Go Where I Send Thee," a cut that rocks harder than anything on The Old Magic. It's not the only thing here with a swinging backbeat, either. "The North Pole Express" swings loose and low; "Rise Up Shepherd" skips to a sprightly country beat; Lowe strips away the excesses on Roy Wood's "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" so it grooves along to a R&B beat and, best of all, there's a witty rock & roll revamp of "Silent Night" that is perhaps the biggest surprise on this seasonal platter. Elsewhere, Lowe does get dreamy -- on a lovely version of Boudleaux Bryant's "Christmas Can't Be Far Away," on a cheerful, sparkling take on Ron Sexsmith's "Hooves on the Roof," on a gentle version of Roger Miller's "Little Toy Trains," and on his own originals "I Was Born in Bethlehem" and "A Dollar Short of Happy" -- but the song that captures the slyly humorous spirit of the whole endeavor is "Christmas at the Airport," where Nick is snowed in at the airport on Christmas day by the "deep and crisp and evil" snow. It's funny, it's knowing; it speaks to the other side of Christmas, so it feels like it could be a Christmas perennial, a tart bit of counter-programming in a holiday season that can get too sticky and sweet. The same could be said of this roundly enjoyable seasonal selection.
From the Publisher
Yep Roc is proud to present Quality Street: a sublime new Nick Lowe album, holiday-themed for your convenience. Born out of an idea hatched at Yep Roc 15 last fall, Quality Street features three new Nick Lowe originals including one co-written with Ry Cooder. Also featured are a new song by Ron Sexsmith written expressly for Nick, plus other holiday favorites by Roger Miller, Roy Wood, and even a few traditional chestnuts-- all performed in Nick's singular style.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/2013
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • UPC: 634457233027
  • Catalog Number: 2330
  • Sales rank: 59,917

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nick Lowe Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Ry Cooder Composer
Roger Miller Composer
Roy Wood Composer
Neil Brockbank Producer, Engineer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Nick Lowe Arranger, Composer, Producer
Ron Sexsmith Composer
Ross Bon Composer
Traditional Composer
Rose Blake Illustrations
Robert Treherne Producer
Tucker Nelson Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    My favorite Xmas album this year!

    My favorite Xmas album this year!

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