There aren’t many artists out there as critically untouchable as Nick Lowe. If you can find a music nerd who will speak ill of the artist known as The Jesus of Cool, I will eat this original pressing of his fifth studio album, Nick Lowe & His Cowboy Outfit. From the audaciously titled debut that spawned his nickname (and really, how many artists in the universe could have dubbed themselves something like that and had it stick?) through his 2011 release The Old Magic, you really just don’t mess with Nick.
This particular album, the official debut of the eponymous backing band, doesn’t appear to have produced any big hits on par with some of his earlier work (“I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass,” “So It Goes,” “Cruel to Be Kind,” etc.), but judging by the reaction at KCMU, the Lowe-loving masses loved it as much as previous efforts, if not more.
“NICK!! A pretty strong LP of that Lowe brand of pop. Still the ‘Jesus of Cool.’”
“‘Nick Lowe & his Cowboy Outfit’ is the LP name.”
“And name of band.”
“Nick, you’re great.”
“‘You’ll Never Get Me Up (In One of Those)”
“The triumphant return of the Jesus of Cool!”
“I knew someday we’d get another look at the Nick of old, albeit in a cowboy outfit. Fuckin’ cool.”
“Excellent record, excellent music - try ‘Half a Boy...’”
“1-5 rather interesting - better than most Nick Lowe...”
“It’s not so much that the Basher is back (he never left), it’s just that, once again, he’s outdone himself.”