Review: Nick Lowe's sardonic duality on display on new EP
Nick Lowe, “Lay it On Me” (Yep Rock Records)
In typical Nick Lowe fashion, the upbeat love song that's the title track of his latest EP, “Lay It On Me,” is immediately followed by a note of caution: “Don't Be Nice to Me.”
And just to pile on the misery, he follows that up with a cover of a 1962 Brenda Lee hit “Here Comes That Feeling,” a song not about finding love, but losing it.
It's that sardonic duality that's long endeared Lowe to music fans over his more than 40-year career. After all, this is the guy perhaps best known for “Cruel to Be Kind.” And true to form, thanks to the surf-rock backing of Los Straitjackets, Lowe combines his tales of love lost with an upbeat, ‘50s-era groove that will help you forget the sad tales he's weaving.
“Here comes that lonely feeling again (you can't fight the feeling),” the 71-year-old Lowe sings in a tone that almost sounds like he's enjoying it. If anything, Lowe sounds the most melancholy on “Lay It On Me,” the one love song.
The only other tune on this oh-too-short release is an instrumental remake of the 1969 Shocking Blue song “Venus.”
“Lay It On Me” marks the third EP in two years to feature Los Straitjackets, the Nashville-based, Mexican wrestling-mask wearing band now in their fifth year backing up Lowe.
Stories that may interest you
In her first middle grade novel, Mystic author Debbi Michikio Florence explores the nuances of friendship and new challenges for three besties.
It is officially the summer of Lil Mosey. Over the past two-plus years, the Mountlake Terrace teenager has become the face of Seattle hip-hop for a new generation. After a string of successful singles clocked millions of streams and YouTube views, the melodic rapper -- who now counts those...
"The Dragons, the Giant, the Women" Wayétu Moore's artfully constructed memoir is one of the year's most beautifully written and moving books. Beginning in 1990 in Monrovia, Liberia, we find 5-year-old Wayétu seeing events through a lens of longing and myth. As the country...
By Emma Donoghue Little, Brown. 297 pp. $28 --- Set at a Dublin hospital in the grip of the 1918 flu pandemic, Emma Donoghue's 11th novel, "The Pull of the Stars," grimly foreshadows present-day circumstances. "If In Doubt, Don't Stir Out" warn posters affixed to streetlamps;...