The Old Magic

  • Record Label: Yep Roc
  • Release Date: Sep 13, 2011

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. Sep 14, 2011
    Nick would benefit from getting his feathers a little ruffled -- just a smidgeon of the lean country-rock of The Impossible Bird would go a long way -- yet there's still plenty of charm in the old crooner.
  2. 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.
  3. Sep 28, 2011
    On much of The Old Magic, he's Richard Hawley unplugged.
  4. Sep 15, 2011
    He's a modern master.
  5. Mojo
    Sep 19, 2011
    As usual, it mixes vintage country, soul and R&B. Be cool, however, listen on, and it comes together. [Oct 2011, p.106]
  6. Sep 12, 2011
    This series of albums has strongly suggested that Lowe is able to make the music he wishes to make, without any pressure of expectation or commercial improvement. Sometimes the old ones are the best.
  7. Sep 14, 2011
    At 61 years of age-a time in life when many people begin to consider retirement-Nick Lowe has put out his best album in many years and more than three decades into his career, the British tunesmith may be just beginning to hit his stride.
  8. Sep 20, 2011
    While some things may change, The Old Magic shows that not only does Lowe possess an acidic pen, he still has the ability to craft memorable, hummable tunes. For that, fans both old and new, should feel blessed.
  9. Q Magazine
    Sep 21, 2011
    Nicholas Drain Lowe, now 62, remains sweetly lethal with a tune. [Oct 2011, p.124]
  10. Oct 25, 2011
    Lowe's lyrical winks magnify his central truths. He's a cynical eye attached to a big heart.
  11. Sep 12, 2011
    Lowe's sexagenarian years have real sparkle.
  12. Sep 20, 2011
    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.
  13. 60
    The Old Magic is stuffed with the kind of retro-styled standards that will doubtless be mined by generations of Nashville crooners to come, performed here in unassuming arrangements that try not to get in the way of the songs.
  14. The music treads a gingerly path between the lighter textures of honky-tonk and a sort of indie lounge-pop. Charming.
  15. Sep 12, 2011
    Nick Lowe is pop's master of pastiche, and this delightful collection of country bar-room and lounge ballads sounds like a game of spot the musical references.
  16. Uncut
    Sep 14, 2011
    The Old Magic won't do his reputation any harm. [Oct 2011, p.91]
  17. Under The Radar
    Nov 9, 2011
    One might say it's a composed, mature listen. [Oct. 2011, p. 108]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Sep 20, 2011
    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. Full Review »