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Dig My Mood
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Who'd have dreamed that Nick Lowe, one-time New Wave smart aleck at large, would reemerge in the '90s as a soulful balladeer? And yet 1998's Dig My Mood is a splendid study in moody, bar-time reverie, as is the lost treasu... more »
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Who'd have dreamed that Nick Lowe, one-time New Wave smart aleck at large, would reemerge in the '90s as a soulful balladeer? And yet 1998's Dig My Mood is a splendid study in moody, bar-time reverie, as is the lost treasure that is its predecessor, The Impossible Bird. The onetime hit man (remember "Cruel to Be Kind"?) may not have rediscovered the commercial base he'd once accumulated, but, against the odds, he's making the finest albums of his lengthy career. --Steven Stolder
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The Orange Duke | Cupertino, Ca United States | 08/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'll be honest, I miss the rollickin, rockin good time smart alec that Nick Lowe once was (check out PARTY OF ONE or COWBOY OUTFIT) but whatever he does, he does it well. Lowe has ever been a bit of a musical chameleon, that was rather the point of JESUS OF COOL, after all. Once upon a time, he did British Invasion pop with Kippenton Lodge (see HENS TEETH by Brinsley Schwarz) then he did Byrds style country rock and psychedelia (early Brinsley Schwarz) and then he did country, pub and rockabilly solo and with Rockpile. Here he has transformed himself into a soulful lounge singer who actually has a soul. Few performers could pull off so many styles and stay true to their muse, but the Basher is a master. Best tracks are `Failed Christian', `What Lack Of Love Has Done', `Man That I've Become' and especially `Faithless Lover'. All are heartfelt, moving songs with a quiet intensity that Nick has hinted at for years (check out `You Make Me' from LABOR OF LUST or 'Heart' on NICK THE KNIFE) but which really came to the fore with the excellent IMPOSSIBLE BIRD. Here the transformation is complete. I'll admit, it took me a while to get into this album, since it was so different from most of his earlier output, but every Nick Lowe gets better with repeated listening. That is what makes him a genius."
More Torch, Less Twang
Pieter | Johannesburg | 03/16/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
Three and a half stars compared to Impossible Bird. Expecting the twang of that masterpiece, I was initially disappointed in Dig My Mood. But a few spins persuaded me, in particular the songs Faithless Lover, Lonesome Reverie, Man That I've Become and Cold Grey Light Of Dawn.
The sound at first appears to be of the Jim Reeves style of country, but there is definitely a lounge element. You Inspire Me, for example, is a jazzy number, balanced out by the uptempo country-pop of What Lack Of Love Has Done with its gently lilting melody.
The brooding Failed Christian is a sad, moving song with sympathetic backing, whilst the rhythmic uptempo Man That I've Become with its lovely tune is coloured blue by the exquisite organ. This being the closest to the sound of Impossible Bird, it is my favorite on the album.
Freezing is another jazzy excursion, and is followed by the uplifting High On A Hilltop, another tuneful song with exquisite guitar infusions. Lead Me Not has a gospel feel with Nick in a different voice. The album concludes with the soulful rhythmic ballad Cold Grey Light Of Dawn.
Dig My Mood is another gem by this talented artist. The lyrics and the melodies are gripping and although I miss the twang of that other album, the organ here more than makes up for it. Nick Lowe is a highly accomplished musician and songwriter with a consistent output of quality music; I hope he gets more recognition one day.
He's a smooth, smooth
Pieter | 05/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Luckily some artists never become superatars. It keeps the quality up like on this ultra mellow gem. Hopefully guys like this (and John Hiatt/Neil Finn) get just enough support to keep making music this good for themselves and us and not for some cool car commercial or hip soundtrack."