Nick Lowe Quiet Please: The New Best of Nick Lowe (2-CD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: March 17, 2009
- Originally Released: 2009
- Label: Yep Roc Records
Rolling Stone - p.773.5 stars out of 5 -- "This veteran Brit rocker knows exactly where to put notes, chords and words for maximum satiric effect -- while paying tribute to every kind of classic pop."
Spin - p.81"[Lowe has been] artistically relevant for more than four decades....[An] affectionate two-CD career summation."
Q (Magazine) - p.1164 stars out of 5 -- "[The songs] demonstrate Lowe's rare ability to maintain quality and mature with his art. Top drawer."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1164 stars out of 5 -- "Several Nick Lowes emerge: the cut-and-paste pop collagist, the roots revivalist, the doyen of middle-aged heartbreak. In the end, though, it's all about his pure, unadulterated gift for songcraft."
Blender (Magazine) - p.654.5 stars out of 5 -- "These 49-tracks are near-perfect....Lowe tells listeners what they don't want to hear, and makes them love every minute."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.984 stars out of 5 -- "[A] jam-packed collection....It's a refreshing trawl through the hits and near-misses of the glorious catalogue, with some celebrated stop-offs at less celebrated points."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love and Understanding
- 2.So It Goes
- 3.Heart of the City
- 4.Endless Sleep
- 5.Marie Provost
- 6.I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass
- 7.Cracking Up
- 8.American Squirm
- 9.Cruel To Be Kind
- 10.Without Love
- 11.You Make Me
- 12.When I Write the Book
- 13.Play That Fast Thing (One More Thing (One More Time)
- 16.Raining Raining
- 17.Ragin' Eyes
- 18.Mess Around With Love
- 19.Wish You Were Here - (featuring Paul Carrack)
- 21.Half a Boy and Half a Man
- 22.The Gee and the Rick and the Three Card Trick
- 23.The Rose of England
- 24.I Knew the Bride (When She Used To Rock and Roll)
- 25.Wishing Well
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Lovers Jamboree
- 3.All Men Are Liars
- 4.What's Shakin' On the Hill
- 5.Don't Think About Her
- 6.Fool Who Knows
- 7.Soulful Wind
- 8.The Beast In Me
- 9.I Live On a Battefield
- 10.Shelley My Love
- 11.You Inspire Me
- 12.Lonesome Reverie
- 13.Faithless Lover
- 14.What Lack of Love Has Done
- 15.Man That I've Become
- 16.Lately I've Let Things Slide
- 18.Has She Got a Friend?
- 19.Let's Stay In and Make Love
- 20.Indian Queens
- 21.I Trained Her To Love Me
- 22.People Change
- 23.Long Limbed Girl
- 24.Hope For Us All
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
Songwriter extraordinaire Nick Lowe maintains an active recording and touring schedule and continues to grow as an artist, so "best of" collections need to be replenished every few nostaligia cycles. This 2009 retrospective from Yep Roc gathers 49(!) tracks, including selections from Lowe's classic recordings with Rockpile and from his excellent post-millennial work. The collection is equal parts power-pop, pub-rock, and alt-country, and reflects decades of dazzling tunesmithery.
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