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5.0 von 5 Sternen Masterpiece now enhanced, 11. April 2008
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Jesus of Cool (Audio CD)
This arresting 1978 album has been substantially enhanced with the addition of 10 tracks. It was one of that year's best offerings and has grown in stature. The music covers a wide variety of pop and rock styles but every song is blessed with a catchy tune and witty, intelligent lyrics. In addition, the album has a sharp punk edge to it that made it stand out then and now. The only other artist doing more or less the same thing back then was Elvis Costello.

So It Goes is a bouncy little pop tune, whilst I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass has an eerie air of desperation about it, like it was the answer to David Bowie's Breaking Glass on his Low album from 1977. Tonight is beautiful melodic pop and Marie Provost is a weird tale of the silent screen actress who fell into obscurity when the talkies came in and how she was nibbled on by her lapdog when they found her. If it weren't for the engaging melody and lyrical twists the song would have been rather macabre.

His interpretation of Halfway To Paradise is awesome, Heart Of The City is heavy rock, and Little Hitler (co-written by Dave Edmunds) is a quirky little pop song in the same vein as Elvis Costello's Two Little Hitlers on his Armed Forces album from around the same time. Nutted By Reality and Rollers Show are further witty, humorous pop ditties with great tunes while Music For Money has a pounding rock beat. The early version of his later hit Cruel To Be Kind is included here.

I think Nick Lowe was a member of a UK pub-rock band Rockpile before he went solo with this classic album, which was released under different titles in the UK and USA. The US version was called Pure Pop For Now People. I subsequently rediscovered Nick Lowe in the 1990s when I heard his brilliant work The Impossible Bird, an album of totally unique country music containing some of that decade's most memorable and well crafted songs. You just cannot keep a true genius down!
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