The Old Magic

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Unlike many rockers, Nick Lowe has no quarrel with growing old. Once middle age hit, he happily abandoned any aspiration of chart success, choosing to settle into an elegantly old-fashioned groove carved out of American country, soul, and pre-Beatles pop. All these elements fell into place on 1998's Dig My Mood, and 2011's The Old Magic is his fourth successive LP minted from that mold. To say there are no surprises is no surprise: this nattily tailored roots music sounded comfortable from the outset and since Lowe sees no need to tinker with a formula that works, The Old Magic feels familiar upon its first play, lacking even the light surprises of the limber ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Unlike many rockers, Nick Lowe has no quarrel with growing old. Once middle age hit, he happily abandoned any aspiration of chart success, choosing to settle into an elegantly old-fashioned groove carved out of American country, soul, and pre-Beatles pop. All these elements fell into place on 1998's Dig My Mood, and 2011's The Old Magic is his fourth successive LP minted from that mold. To say there are no surprises is no surprise: this nattily tailored roots music sounded comfortable from the outset and since Lowe sees no need to tinker with a formula that works, The Old Magic feels familiar upon its first play, lacking even the light surprises of the limber "Long Limbed Girl" from its predecessor, 2006's At My Age. Lowe rarely picks up the tempo here, coming the closest to a getting a skip in his step with the cheerful shuffle "Somebody Cares for Me," and he's ironed out every remaining twang, so The Old Magic is carefully pressed and smooth, not one hair out of place. Nick would benefit from getting his feathers a little ruffled -- just a smidgeon of the lean country-rock of The Impossible Bird would go a long way -- yet there's still plenty of charm in the old crooner, whether he's singing an old Tom T. Hall tune or writing originals as wryly observed as the self-deprecating "Sensitive Man," the post-breakup ballad "I Read a Lot," and "Checkout Time," a meditation on mortality set to a Johnny Cash beat.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2011
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • UPC: 634457224827
  • Catalog Number: 2248
  • Sales rank: 14,956

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nick Lowe Primary Artist, Rhythm Guitar
Geraint Watkins Organ, Piano
Neil Brockbank Vibes
Steve Donnelly Guitar
Matt Radford Double Bass
Johnny Scott Guitar
Robert Treherne Drums
Technical Credits
Tom T. Hall Composer
Elvis Costello Composer
Geraint Watkins Composer
Neil Brockbank Producer
Nick Lowe Composer, Producer
Jeff West Composer
Robert Treherne Producer
Tim Young Mastering
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