The English singer-songwriter Nick Lowe, who is best known in the U.S. for his late-seventies hit “Cruel to Be Kind,” has kept a low profile for the past forty years, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t kept busy. From his days producing albums for Elvis Costello—he wrote “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding”—to his more recent work in other genres, including roots music, he’s been unafraid to try new things. His latest effort is a “Quality Street,” a Christmas album. In classic Lowe style, he gives seasonal fare a singular spin, with a few originals as well as rockabilly, New Orleans, and country versions of classics. No surprise, really, from someone who titled his first solo album, “Jesus of Cool.”
New Yorker streams Nick Lowe's upcoming holiday album
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