Blender Magazine review of Quiet Please March 2009
Reviewed by Karen Schoemer
As new wave’s reigning cool jerk, Nick Lowe had a cutting couplet for every occasion: “She was a winner/That become a doggie’s dinner,” he memorably sang in 1978′s “Marie Provost,” describing a silent-movie star’s chewed-upon corpse. But his cleverness was a red herring: Decades later, what pushes these acid ditties into the realm of miniature masterpieces are the insights that lurk beneath. Lowe located the worst in himself and others-men are liars; women love jerks-then harnessed his brutal honesty to jaunty reinventions of spitfire rockabilly, aw-shucks country and slow-dance soul. These 49 tracks are near-perfect: From the pointed manifesto “Cruel to Be Kind” through the emotional masochism of 2007′s “I Trained Her to Love Me,” Lowe tells listeners what they don’t want to hear, and makes them love every minute.