The Old Magic

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  • Summary: Growing older is the major theme of Nick Lowe's latest release, coproduced by Neil Brockbank and Robert Treherne.
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Sensitive Man
Lately when I go to sleep and kiss I feel you pulling away I know something is a miss But what it is, you won't say If I've done something to upset... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Sep 15, 2011
    100
    He's a modern master.
  2. Uncut
    Sep 14, 2011
    80
    The Old Magic won't do his reputation any harm. [Oct 2011, p.91]
  3. Q Magazine
    Sep 21, 2011
    80
    Nicholas Drain Lowe, now 62, remains sweetly lethal with a tune. [Oct 2011, p.124]
  4. Sep 20, 2011
    75
    The Old Magic doesn't burn with invention like Jesus Of Cool or Labour Of Lust, but it's a cheery reminder that the pilot light is still on for one of the brightest songwriters of the '70s.
  5. Sep 28, 2011
    70
    On much of The Old Magic, he's Richard Hawley unplugged.
  6. 70
    Nick Lowe continues to age gracefully and for those still yearning for the Basher of yesteryear, there's always the Labour of Lust reissue that came out earlier this year.
  7. Under The Radar
    Nov 9, 2011
    50
    One might say it's a composed, mature listen. [Oct. 2011, p. 108]

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  1. Sep 20, 2011
    10
    Nick Lowe makes another great, interesting record. I enjoy everything from the production to the stories in the songs. While certainly in theNick Lowe makes another great, interesting record. I enjoy everything from the production to the stories in the songs. While certainly in the same space as The Convincer and At My Age, it's a welcome release in an era where crafting a record has become a lost art. Expand