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The Impossible Bird

Nick Lowe

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Nick Lowe's best records have always been full of clever lyrics and undeniable pop craftsmanship; the exception is The Impossible Bird. For most of the 1980s, Lowe had been appropriating country and R&B influences, but The Impossible Bird is where he fully incorporates those styles into his songwriting. Lowe doesn't abandon his gift for melody; "Soulful Wind" and "12-Step Program (To Quit You Babe)" are as catchy as anything he's ever written. The difference is haunting songs like "The Beast in Me" and "Withered on the Vine," two rich, sad, introspective numbers that Lowe would never have put on previous albums. And that's what makes The Impossible Bird his best album since Labour of Lust -- it's the most focused, mature, personal music of his career, without a single throwaway.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Soulful Wind
00:03:00

Nick Lowe, Composer, MainArtist - Hipgnosis Notes (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

1994 Nick Lowe Ltd. 2010 Plangent Visions Music Ltd.

2
The Beast in Me
00:02:28

Nick Lowe, Composer, MainArtist - Hipgnosis Notes (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

1994 Nick Lowe Ltd. 2010 Plangent Visions Music Ltd.

3
True Love Travels on a Gravel Road
00:03:36

Nick Lowe, MainArtist - Dallas Frazier, Composer - Carlin Music Corp., MusicPublisher - Arthur Leo 'Doodle' Owens, Composer

1994 Nick Lowe Ltd. 2010 Carlin Music Corp.

4
Trail of Tears
00:03:17

Nick Lowe, MainArtist - Roger Cook, Composer - Allen Reynolds, Composer - Screen Gems-EMI Music Ltd., MusicPublisher

1994 Nick Lowe Ltd. 2010 Screen Gems-EMI Music Ltd.

5
Shelley My Love
00:03:14

Nick Lowe, Composer, MainArtist - Hipgnosis Notes (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

1994 Nick Lowe Ltd. 2010 Plangent Visions Music Ltd.

6
Where's My Everything?
00:02:41

Nick Lowe, Composer, MainArtist - Hipgnosis Notes (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

1994 Nick Lowe Ltd. 2010 Plangent Visions Music Ltd.

7
12-Step Program (To Quit You Babe)
00:03:16

Nick Lowe, Composer, MainArtist - Hipgnosis Notes (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

1994 Nick Lowe Ltd. 2010 Plangent Visions Music Ltd.

8
Lover Don't Go
00:04:06

Nick Lowe, Composer, MainArtist - Hipgnosis Notes (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

1994 Nick Lowe Ltd. 2010 Plangent Visions Music Ltd.

9
Drive-Thru Man
00:02:41

Nick Lowe, Composer, MainArtist - Hipgnosis Notes (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

1994 Nick Lowe Ltd. 2010 Plangent Visions Music Ltd.

10
Withered on the Vine
00:03:22

Nick Lowe, Composer, MainArtist - Hipgnosis Notes (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

1994 Nick Lowe Ltd. 2010 Plangent Visions Music Ltd.

11
I Live on a Battlefield
00:03:23

Nick Lowe, Composer, MainArtist - Hipgnosis Notes (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

1994 Nick Lowe Ltd. 2010 Plangent Visions Music Ltd.

12
14 Days
00:02:57

Nick Lowe, Composer, MainArtist - Hipgnosis Notes (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

1994 Nick Lowe Ltd. 2010 Plangent Visions Music Ltd.

13
I'll Be There
00:02:17

Nick Lowe, MainArtist - Rusty Gabbard, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Ray Price, Composer

1994 Nick Lowe Ltd. 2010 Copyright Control

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Nick Lowe's best records have always been full of clever lyrics and undeniable pop craftsmanship; the exception is The Impossible Bird. For most of the 1980s, Lowe had been appropriating country and R&B influences, but The Impossible Bird is where he fully incorporates those styles into his songwriting. Lowe doesn't abandon his gift for melody; "Soulful Wind" and "12-Step Program (To Quit You Babe)" are as catchy as anything he's ever written. The difference is haunting songs like "The Beast in Me" and "Withered on the Vine," two rich, sad, introspective numbers that Lowe would never have put on previous albums. And that's what makes The Impossible Bird his best album since Labour of Lust -- it's the most focused, mature, personal music of his career, without a single throwaway.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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