Nick Lowe has been making American roots-inflected music for decades now, morphing slowly from the seminal, ‘70s new wave scene to mature, intimate music reflective of middle-age experiences like fading flames, infidelity and loneliness. If you don’t know Lowe’s work, this is your starting point. And if you’re a fan who already owns 1989’s Basher: The Best of Nick Lowe, don’t let a few overlapping tracks stop you from acquiring Quiet Please… This new collection contains a true signature track, his earliest version of what became an Elvis Costello hit, “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding.” You also get tracks like the beautiful and essential “Endless Sleep” and “You Make Me” from his earlier years. “Faithless Lover,” “The Beast In Me,” and “Shelley My Love” epitomize Lowe’s critically acclaimed work in the ’90s; his deep affinity for American roots music and his blue-eyed soul side are both exemplified on the last eight tracks, taken from 2001’s The Convincer and 2007’s At My Age. With Quiet Please…, a varied and exceptional musical career is truly well represented.
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding