Nick Lowe – The Old Magic (Yep Roc / Outside Music)

The music of some artists ages gracefully while others show their age with every note they manage to creak out. Nick Lowe is the very essence of growing old with grace and nowhere is this more evident than on his first record in more than four years. He has traded his punk/new wave roots in exchange for an elegant, distinctive sound that draws upon roots and pop music with light touches of jazz spread throughout. He delivers each one of these 11 tracks rather convincingly, joyfully contemplating his own mortality on Checkout Time while delivering a stunning version of Tom T Hall’s Shame On The Rain.