Nick Lowe, Labour of Lust [Yep Roc]

The second solo effort by Rockpile bassist Nick Lowe may have been anchored by the saccharine single “Cruel to Be Kind,” but Lowe shows a gutsy, gritty side on the remainder of the recently re-mastered Labour of Lust.
By Brian Fox ,



The second solo effort by Rockpile bassist Nick Lowe may have been anchored by the saccharine single “Cruel to Be Kind,” but Lowe shows a gutsy, gritty side on the remainder of the recently re-mastered Labour of Lust. A heaping platter of country-fried power pop, the album is stuffed with Lowe’s tasty licks, served up with all the sass of an overworked lunch lady. Lowe’s roadhouse swagger on “Cracking Up” is downright delicious, and he spices up “Big Kick, Plain Scrap” with some NOLA-flavored funk. Elvis Costello bass man Bruce Thomas guests on “American Squirm,” kicking out Attractions-worthy lines that prove he and Lowe are like-minded bass brothers.