The conventional wisdom on Nick Lowe’s career arc is that
some time in the early ’80s, not long after “Cruel To Be Kind” made him
practically famous, he lost his way until “The Beast in Me” arrived in 1994 to
usher in a renaissance. The less convenient truth suggested by this two-CD
anthology is that he never really lost it. Sure, a few songs near the end of
disc one feel a little dated. So do most things from the ‘80s. But a track as
slick as “L.A.F.S.” sounds at least as good today as “Everyday I Write the
Book.” As for the “late-career resurgence,” that’s good too. In fact, there’s
precious little in the way of filler here, from Brinsley Schwarz to four tracks
from his latest effort, “At My Age.” There’s a deluxe edition, too, with a DVD
containing early videos and a 2007 concert. Don’t settle for less.
Standout Tracks: “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding,” “Cruel to be Kind” A.