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Impossible Bird

Nick Lowe Audio CD
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1. Soulful Wind
2. The Beast In Me
3. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road
4. Trail Of Tears
5. Shelley My Love
6. Where's My Everything
7. 12- Step Program ( To Quit You Babe)
8. Lover Don't Go
9. Drive- Thru Man
10. Withered On The Vine
11. I Live On A Battlefield
12. 14 Days
13. I'll Be There

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Lowe stripped his sound, his songs and his arrangements down to their bare essentials on this 1994 release. Steeped in country and R&B and wearing its emotions on its sleeve, this album was received with raves and still stands as one of the highlights of his career: Trail of Tears; Lover Don't Go; I Live on a Battlefield; 14 Days; I'll Be There , and more!

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As a member of both Rockpile and Brinsley Schwarz, as a producer for Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, the Damned, and the Pretenders, and as a solo artist with his own Top 20 hit, Nick Lowe seemed to have his finger in every pub-rock pie there was. Unlike so many of their punk pals, the pub-rockers had a sense of craft and tradition which enabled them to outlive the moment, and that's why Lowe is still making strong, fascinating records nearly 20 years after the heady days of 1976-'78. Lowe's 1994 The Impossible Bird is a low-key, easy-going album which has a lot more to do with 1956 country music than with 1978 punk. Nonetheless the 13 songs--10 Lowe originals and three country chestnuts--are marked by the sort of no-frills arrangements and unpretentious passion that made pub-rock so special in the first place. When Lowe sings a ballad such as "The Beast in Me," "Withered on the Vine," and "Lover Don't Go," the arrangements are so minimalist--just a hint of guitar and drums behind the organ--that the song lives or dies by the vocal. Fortunately, Lowe pulls off the difficult trick of sounding lonely and desperate without sounding self-pitying. Whether it's a tongue-in-cheek rocker such as "12-Step Program (To Quit You Babe)" or one of the many ballads, Lowe and his musicians have stripped away every extraneous element that might get between the listener and the song. --Geoffrey Himes

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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it a little more each time I listen June 7 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is definitely Nick Lowe in full country mode, and I find more to like about it each time I listen to it. Gentle melodies and heartfelt lyrics are found throughout and while the occasional bit of rockabilly creeps in (Particularly on "12-Step Program" which would not have been out of place on CRUEL TO BE KIND)this CD would not be out of place on anyone's "Best of" country list. Tales of love and loss are here as are fairly common topics for country albums, but Lowe puts his own spin on them so they sound anything but cliched. If your looking for the Lowe of the 70's, this isn't him. This is an artist who decided to pursue a different route to finding his muse, and this recording shows that he is finding it with success.
PS. I know it's Nick's song, but Johhny's version of "Beast in Me" has so much more going for it that I almost wish I hadn't heard Nick's version. It pales in comparison.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it a little more each time I listen June 7 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is definitely Nick Lowe in full country mode, and I find more to like about it each time I listen to it. Gentle melodies and heartfelt lyrics are found throughout and while the occasional bit of rockabilly creeps in (Particularly on "12-Step Program" which would not have been out of place on CRUEL TO BE KIND)Tales of love and loss are here as are fairly common topics for country albums, but Lowe puts his own spin on them so they sound anything but cliched. if your looking for the Lowe of the 70's, this isn't him. This is an artist who decided to pursue a different route to finding his muse, and this recording shows that he is finding it with success.
PS. I know it's Nick's song, but Johhny's version of "Beast in Me" has so much more going for it that I almost wish I hadn't heard Nick's version. It pales in comparison.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some Beautiful Songs Nov. 25 2003
By Erkle
Format:Audio CD
As another reviewer pointed out "True Loves Travels on a Gravel Road" is simply a beautiful song as is "The Beast In Me" heard in an early Sopranos episode, which actually led me to this CD. This CD is more countryish than some of his recent albums and, in my view, has a little less depth and diversity than the Convincer, but its still a great display of Lowe's singing and song-writing talents. This man has been doing great stuff for over 20 years and he is not doing the same schtick over and over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just fabulous Jan. 23 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
My single favorite cd that I own. What else can one say then.
Except for his next two cds are almost every bit as good as well.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC OF CRAFTED GEMS! April 2 2001
By Pieter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is incredibly articulate and inventive, offering 13 melodic gems without a single filler track.
Hooks abound, but this is not just simple pop or country, as every song is infused with great emotional and musical substance to lure the listener back again and again.
My favorites include Lowe's own compositions The Beast In Me, Where's My Everything?, Lover Don't Go, Withered On The Vine and 14 Days, but the covers of True Love Travels On A Gravel Road, Trail Of Tears and I'll Be There are superb too.
If you like poetic lyrics set to beautiful melodies, you'll love this album. I do not even miss the absence of punk-influenced rockers at all, although I still love his first album "Pure Pop For Now People."
This is my absolute best musical discovery of 2001, thus far. It's rare to find such quality and talent on a single album.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And now I almost like C&W ... Nov. 27 2000
By Rainer Krack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'd been a Nick Lowe fan ever since his Brinsley Schwarz days. Lowe's songwriting ability was clearly discernible way back then. I bought The Impossible Bird on faith, without having heard a single track before. And boy, no disappointment! Lowe combines woeful, deep lyrics with cleverly crafted, often bouncy melodies which make him sound like Paul McCartney's musical soul mate. Only Lowe's lyrics seem much more personal. The trauma the man must have gone through becomes depressingly clear, yet somehow his spirit and good humour seem to carry him through. This is an album, which people who had had a painful break-up/divorce etc. can easily relate to, and that's probably a large chunk of the world's population. With his excellent sense for melody, Old Nick even sounds great when he goes into Country. Geez, I despise C&W, but the way he delivers it, taking out most of the corniness that usually sticks to the genre, almost makes me a believer in C&W. Well, almost. Anyhow, The Impossible Bird has become one of my all-time favorites, and on the strength of it I bought his follow-up album, again, without ever having heard a single note from it before. But that's another story for another day ...
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nick's changed but he's still the best June 8 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
How many people would wonder, "who is this?" if they were lucky enough to have it grace their ears. Or would they instead ask you if you had any of that cool, pretentious Moby to put on instead.
Is anyone else flabbergasted that the sections for albums of this quality say, see all six reviews while garbage music has lines such as see all 625 reviews?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it a little more each time I listen June 7 2004
By J. Carroll - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is definitely Nick Lowe in full country mode, and I find more to like about it each time I listen to it. Gentle melodies and heartfelt lyrics are found throughout and while the occasional bit of rockabilly creeps in (Particularly on "12-Step Program" which would not have been out of place on CRUEL TO BE KIND)this CD would not be out of place on anyone's "Best of" country list. Tales of love and loss are here as are fairly common topics for country albums, but Lowe puts his own spin on them so they sound anything but cliched. If your looking for the Lowe of the 70's, this isn't him. This is an artist who decided to pursue a different route to finding his muse, and this recording shows that he is finding it with success.
PS. I know it's Nick's song, but Johhny's version of "Beast in Me" has so much more going for it that I almost wish I hadn't heard Nick's version. It pales in comparison.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong but Tender Stuff June 5 2000
By "nepos" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Nick Lowe's "The Impossible Bird" is a plate full of strong and yet tender ballads. Listening to this CD,at times one feels as if they are at a revival meeting. The words of his tunes are simple, poetic, and reverberate almost Biblical themes at times. The song "Shelley My Love" is a wonderful pared down love song,passionate and simple. It's the kind of song, every guy would like to have written, when he has been in love.
Many of the songs have male background singers, lending a deep rich bass undertone to the music. A lone organ, and a few guitars complete the mood. One feels good just being in the room with this CD playing.
This CD truly gives meaning to the adage "less is more". Somehow Mr. Lowe gathers "bare, down to the bone" melodies, harmonies, and words and creates songs that are greater than all their parts.
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