13 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Backed by Tennessee’s twangiest instrumentalists, Nick Lowe took his 2013 holiday album Quality Street on tour, yielding this live document. Lowe unabashedly embraces the holiday spirit, while Los Straitjackets shine with a ska/surf take on “Linus and Lucy” and a reverb-drenched version of Lowe’s classic “(I Love the Sound of) Breaking Glass.” Lowe kicks off blasphemously, with a nanny getting high in an SUV on “A Dollar Short of Happy,” but by the encore, he is favoring spiritual warmth over secular cynicism.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Backed by Tennessee’s twangiest instrumentalists, Nick Lowe took his 2013 holiday album Quality Street on tour, yielding this live document. Lowe unabashedly embraces the holiday spirit, while Los Straitjackets shine with a ska/surf take on “Linus and Lucy” and a reverb-drenched version of Lowe’s classic “(I Love the Sound of) Breaking Glass.” Lowe kicks off blasphemously, with a nanny getting high in an SUV on “A Dollar Short of Happy,” but by the encore, he is favoring spiritual warmth over secular cynicism.

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