Nick Lowe – The Impossible Bird – Cassette
The Impossible Bird is an album by English singer-songwriter Nick Lowe. Released in 1994, it is considered one of his most critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums, showcasing his distinctive blend of rock, pop, country, and folk influences.
After a near half-decade absence Nick Lowe returned with this album in 1994, which quite deservedly topped many critics polls for the year. With a consummate band on hand, who also hit the road with him, resulting in the EP LIVE! ON THE BATTLEFIELD, the subdued set is rich with musings on loss and longing as seen from the weary but wise perspective of a middle-aged man.
Accompanied by just his acoustic guitar, “The Beast In Me” shows another facet of the character that ex-father-in-law Johnny Cash also brought to life on his AMERICAN RECORDINGS. “Shelley My Love” can turn even the hardest heart to tears. Ray Price’s “I’ll Be There” closes the set and is as fine a reason as any why Nick Lowe deserves an honorary American citizenship.
Nick Lowe, known for his songwriting prowess and versatile musical style, gained recognition as a key figure in the pub rock and new wave movements of the 1970s and 1980s. “The Impossible Bird” represents a departure from his earlier sound, leaning towards a more mature and introspective approach.
The album features Lowe’s trademark witty and insightful lyrics, exploring themes of love, loss, and personal reflection. Musically, it incorporates elements of roots rock, Americana, and folk, with a focus on melodic hooks and understated arrangements that allow Lowe’s storytelling and vocal delivery to shine.
Standout tracks from “The Impossible Bird” include “I Live on a Battlefield,” “True Love Travels on a Gravel Road,” and “The Beast in Me,” the latter of which gained significant recognition when it was covered by Johnny Cash. These songs demonstrate Lowe’s ability to craft memorable melodies and poignant lyrics that resonate with listeners.
The Impossible Bird was well-received by critics, who praised its songwriting, Lowe’s vocals, and the album’s timeless quality. It solidified Lowe’s reputation as a masterful songwriter and marked a creative resurgence in his career.
For fans of Nick Lowe’s music, as well as those who appreciate well-crafted songwriting and a blend of rock and folk sensibilities, “The Impossible Bird” offers a rich and rewarding listening experience. It stands as a testament to Lowe’s talent and enduring influence in the singer-songwriter genre.
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1. Soulful Wind
2. Beast In Me, The
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