Rolling Stone Quiet Please review March 2009

Nick Lowe
Quiet Please: The New Best of Nick Lowe

This veteran Brit rocker knows exactly where to put notes, chords and words for maximum satiric effect – while paying tribute to every kind of classic pop. When he hit his commercial prime in the late Seventies on his solo albums Jesus of Cool and Labour of Lust, he proved himself a New Wave master at playing, arranging and producing songs that sounded completely contemporary even as they evoked rock’s past (see the deceptively lightweight but guitar – layered smash “Cruel to Be Kind”). As trends came and went, so did that knack, but this 49-track anthology smooths out his inspirational potholes on the path to his current renaissance as a weathered but still witty crooner.
- Barry Walters