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Nick Lowe|Labour of Lust

Labour of Lust

Nick Lowe

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Jesus of Cool was a jukebox, spinning out a series of perfectly crafted -- and decidedly quirky and subversive -- pop singles. In contrast, Nick Lowe's second album, Labour of Lust, is the work of a bar band, in this case Rockpile, playing the hell out of the same type of songs. Naturally, the result is a more coherent sound that may be a little less freewheelingly eclectic, but it is no less brilliant. Recorded simultaneously with Dave Edmunds' Repeat When Necessary, Labour of Lust benefits from the muscular support of Rockpile, who make Lowe's songs crackle with vitality. Working primarily in the roots rock vein of Brinsley Schwarz but energizing his traditionalist tendencies with strong pop melodies, a sense of humor, and an edgy new wave sensibility, Lowe comes up with one of his best sets of songs. Not only is his only hit, the propulsively hook-laden "Cruel to Be Kind," here, but so are the rampaging outsider anthem "Born Fighter," the tongue-in-cheek, Chuck Berry-style "Love So Fine," the wonderful pure pop of "Dose of You," the haunting "Endless Grey Ribbon," the druggy "Big Kick, Plain Scrap!," and the terrific "Cracking Up," as well as his definitive version of Mickey Jupp's "Switchboard Susan." It's an exceptional collection of inventive pop songs, delivered with vigor and energy, making it one of the great records of the new wave.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Cruel to Be Kind
00:03:30

Nick Lowe, MainArtist - Anglo-Rock Inc. / Complete Music Ltd., MusicPublisher - Nick Lowe / Ian Gomm, Composer

2011 Nick Lowe Ltd. issued under exclusive license to Yep Roc Records 1978 Anglo-Rock Inc. / Complete Music Ltd.

2
Cracking Up
00:02:59

Nick Lowe, Composer, MainArtist - Plangent Visions Music Ltd., MusicPublisher

2011 Nick Lowe Ltd. issued under exclusive license to Yep Roc Records 1979 Plangent Visions Music Ltd.

3
Big Kick, Plain Scrap
00:02:26

Nick Lowe, Composer, MainArtist - Plangent Visions Music Ltd., MusicPublisher

2011 Nick Lowe Ltd. issued under exclusive license to Yep Roc Records 1979 Plangent Visions Music Ltd.

4
American Squirm
00:02:30

Nick Lowe, Composer, MainArtist - Anglo-Rock Inc., MusicPublisher

2011 Nick Lowe Ltd. issued under exclusive license to Yep Roc Records 1978 Anglo-Rock Inc.

5
Born Fighter
00:03:08

Nick Lowe, Composer, MainArtist - Plangent Visions Music Ltd., MusicPublisher

2011 Nick Lowe Ltd. issued under exclusive license to Yep Roc Records 1979 Plangent Visions Music Ltd.

6
You Make Me
00:01:53

Nick Lowe, Composer, MainArtist - Plangent Visions Music Ltd., MusicPublisher

2011 Nick Lowe Ltd. issued under exclusive license to Yep Roc Records 1979 Plangent Visions Music Ltd.

7
Skin Deep
00:03:15

Nick Lowe, Composer, MainArtist - Plangent Visions Music Ltd., MusicPublisher

2011 Nick Lowe Ltd. issued under exclusive license to Yep Roc Records 1979 Plangent Visions Music Ltd.

8
Switchboard Susan
00:03:49

Nick Lowe, MainArtist - Mickey Jupp, Composer - Blue Beard Music Ltd., MusicPublisher

2011 Nick Lowe Ltd. issued under exclusive license to Yep Roc Records 1979 Blue Beard Music Ltd.

9
Endless Grey Ribbon
00:03:16

Nick Lowe, Composer, MainArtist - Plangent Visions Music Ltd., MusicPublisher

2011 Nick Lowe Ltd. issued under exclusive license to Yep Roc Records 1979 Plangent Visions Music Ltd.

10
Without Love
00:02:29

Nick Lowe, Composer, MainArtist - Plangent Visions Music Ltd., MusicPublisher

2011 Nick Lowe Ltd. issued under exclusive license to Yep Roc Records 1979 Plangent Visions Music Ltd.

11
Dose of You
00:03:21

Nick Lowe, Composer, MainArtist - Plangent Visions Music Ltd., MusicPublisher

2011 Nick Lowe Ltd. issued under exclusive license to Yep Roc Records 1979 Plangent Visions Music Ltd.

12
Love So Fine
00:03:55

Nick Lowe, MainArtist - Plangent Visions Music Ltd. / Casablanca Media, USA, MusicPublisher - Nick Lowe / Rockpile, Composer

2011 Nick Lowe Ltd. issued under exclusive license to Yep Roc Records 1979 Plangent Visions Music Ltd. / Casablanca Media, USA

13
Basing Street (Bonus Track)
00:02:32

Nick Lowe, Composer, MainArtist - Plangent Visions Music Ltd., MusicPublisher

2011 Nick Lowe Ltd. issued under exclusive license to Yep Roc Records 1979 Plangent Visions Music Ltd.

Album Description

Jesus of Cool was a jukebox, spinning out a series of perfectly crafted -- and decidedly quirky and subversive -- pop singles. In contrast, Nick Lowe's second album, Labour of Lust, is the work of a bar band, in this case Rockpile, playing the hell out of the same type of songs. Naturally, the result is a more coherent sound that may be a little less freewheelingly eclectic, but it is no less brilliant. Recorded simultaneously with Dave Edmunds' Repeat When Necessary, Labour of Lust benefits from the muscular support of Rockpile, who make Lowe's songs crackle with vitality. Working primarily in the roots rock vein of Brinsley Schwarz but energizing his traditionalist tendencies with strong pop melodies, a sense of humor, and an edgy new wave sensibility, Lowe comes up with one of his best sets of songs. Not only is his only hit, the propulsively hook-laden "Cruel to Be Kind," here, but so are the rampaging outsider anthem "Born Fighter," the tongue-in-cheek, Chuck Berry-style "Love So Fine," the wonderful pure pop of "Dose of You," the haunting "Endless Grey Ribbon," the druggy "Big Kick, Plain Scrap!," and the terrific "Cracking Up," as well as his definitive version of Mickey Jupp's "Switchboard Susan." It's an exceptional collection of inventive pop songs, delivered with vigor and energy, making it one of the great records of the new wave.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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