Rolling Stone - p.734 stars out of 5
-- "Lowe still makes great records of pop gleam and wise irony, but this is his Book of Genesis."
Spin - p.974 stars out of 5
-- "Lowe's 1978 debut remains his finest moment, a mix of acid music-biz snark with songcraft..."
Entertainment Weekly - p.60
"JESUS if full of mini masterpieces....This underappreciated achievement deserves to be treated like the classic it is." -- Grade: A
Uncut - p.1065 stars out of 5
-- "Musically, he traversed territories -- clanging rock, lush ballads, spooky reggae, neurotic pop and black comedy."
No Depression - p.63
"Lowe served up originals that showed facility in various classic genres..."
Q (Magazine) - p.1173 stars out of 5
-- "JESUS OF COOL was Lowe at his unashamedly poppiest....[T]he perfect example of how to exhume the undeservedly forgotten."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1204 stars out of 5
-- "[H]eld together by Lowe's mischievous wit....A tour de force from a golden era of clever and imaginative pop."
Harp (magazine) (p.122) - "[S]tuffed to the gills with catchy garage rock, jangly pop and snarky disco..."
Paste (magazine) (p.82) - 4 stars out of 5
-- "Exhilarating, cutting-edge, retro, playful, cynical and picaresque, JESUS OF COOL filters the hopped-up energy of 1977 London through Lowe's quirky genius..."
The Word (magazine) (p.112) - "Lowe is a great storyteller, with a knack for joyuous pop hooks and a country & western sense of inescapable fate."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.1044 stars out of 5
-- "Ever constant...was Lowe's innate sense of pop's rich heritage, from 50s teen balladry to Motownesque bubblegum and garage band shamble."
Contains 2 CD bonus tracks and a 16 page booklet.
Personnel: Nick Lowe (guitar, piano, background vocals); Dave Edmunds (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, background vocals); Billy Bremner (guitar, background vocals); Ian Gomm, Brinsley Schwarz , John McFee, Larry Wallis, Martin Belmont, John Turnbull (guitar); Steve Nieve (piano); Roger Bechirian (organ, tambourine, background vocals); Stan Shaw (organ); Sean Hopper (keyboards); Pete Thomas , Steve Goulding , Billy Rankin, Bobby Irwin (drums).
Audio Mixers: Dave Edmunds; Nick Lowe; Roger Bechirian; Vic Keary; Vic Maile; Barry Farmer.
Liner Note Author: Will Birch.
Recording information: Chalk Farm Studios, London, England; Eden Studios; Jackson Studios, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, England; Pathway Studios, Stoke Newington; The Roundhouse, London, England.
Nick Lowe's first album threw down the gauntlet in grand form--a baker's dozen of "pure pop for now people" (which is, in fact, what a nervous Columbia Records retitled the album for its stateside release). Lowe was charting regularly in his English homeland, and though he didn't reach the same heights of chart success in America, several songs have become familiar late '70s/early '80s reference points, particularly "I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass" and "So It Goes." At the time of this album's release Lowe was also the house producer for Stiff Records (Britain's first independent record company) and Elvis Costello, producing his first handful of albums, as well as touring regularly with Rockpile. This is an auspicious debut, made good upon thereafter by a continuingly engaging career.