Anyone who knows me will be fully aware that Christmas Music is something I find quite unappealing (and I don't like listening to any Christmas Music before at least a week before the event) but I'm going to have to change my mind for just one record! The brand new Nick Lowe album 'Quality Street' is a real smasher.
When approached by his label about making a Christmas album Nick Lowe's response was, "rather snooty and quite negative. I didn't want to soil my reputation", he told Uncut magazine. "But that feeling lasted about thirty-six and a half seconds, before I came to and thought, 'Vulgar, tawdry commercialism? Yes, please, when do we start?' Seriously, I thought, 'Wait a minute, this could be really good fun."
Listening to the album you can hear just how much fun it was.
From Nick Lowe's Website:
Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family is a twinkling blend of traditional hymns, forgotten gems and Lowe originals. From the opening rockabilly-charged "Children Go Where I Send Thee" and the comfy hush of "Christmas Can't Be Far Away," the record includes the beatnik bop of "Hooves on the Roof" (written especially for the project by Ron Sexsmith), Roger Miller's wistful classic "Old Toy Trains," before wrapping up with a ska-flavored take on "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day." Of course, it's all performed in Nick's singular style and, as Nick would say, "in a sleigh-bell free zone!"