New album by British singer-songwriter Nick Lowe

This video is of a live performance by Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, and J. Burton of What’s So Funny ’Bout Peace Love And Understanding.

By Hiram Lee:

Review: At My Age by Nick Lowe

5 September 2007

At My Age is the latest album from British singer-songwriter Nick Lowe (born 1949) and his first studio album since 2001’s The Convincer. The new work finds Lowe, 40 years into his career, a bit raspier in voice than usual, but still an expressive singer and still crafting excellent songs, rich in emotion and drawing inspiration from the best traditions of pop, country and rock music. …

Nick Lowe began making music in the late 1960s with the band Brinsley Schwarz, emerging from a “pub rock” music scene in England where bar bands, at odds with the mainstream music environment of the time, played music influenced by early American rock-n-roll and R&B. It was during his years with Brinsley Schwarz that Lowe wrote his best known song “What’s So Funny ’Bout Peace Love And Understanding.”

The song, as recorded by Brinsley Schwarz, was only half-serious, with Lowe saying in a brief and ridiculous voiceover during the track, “We must have peace, more peace and love, if just for the children of a new generation.” In more recent years—and especially since the war in Iraq—both Lowe and Elvis Costello, whose recording of the song (produced by Lowe) is better known, have performed the composition with much greater sincerity. …

Jesus of Cool, released in the US as Pure Pop For Now People, was Lowe’s first solo album and along with his album Labour of Lust gave us the songs on which Lowe’s reputation, even today, rests. …

Lowe produced several albums for Elvis Costello including My Aim Is True, This Year’s Model and Armed Forces as well as the first single by The Pretenders and the debut album by punk rock group The Damned.

Another Nick Lowe review is here.

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