CD: Nick Lowe, At My Age

Not a note wasted as this veteran returns with a vengeance

While old mucker Elvis Costello hangs with Sting, endorses cars and credit cards, and fails perennially to add a single memorable melody to his repertoire, Lowe has sharpened an already prodigious talent in the six years since The Convincer. His new record is a masterclass in both classicism and economy: the nine originals sound like long-lost standards - no note is wasted, no sentiment over-played. Straddling ska, soul, country and rockabilly, and channelling everyone from Al Green to Dean Martin, Lowe pulls it all together with warmth, wit and searing emotional honesty.

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