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Nick Lowe - The Abominable Showman (1983/1990) FLAC
Artist: Nick Lowe
Title Of Album: The Abominable Showman
Year Of Release: 1990 (1983)
Label (Catalog#): Demon Records Ltd. [FIEND CD 184]
Country: England
Genre: Pop Rock, New Wave, Punk Rock
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue,log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 35:36
Full Size: 243 MB

Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine:
Caught between the desire for another big pop hit and his burgeoning re-interest in country music, Nick Lowe made the most confused album in his career with The Abominable Showman. Although Lowe's craftsmanship hasn't abandoned him, he isn't particularly inspired on Abominable Showman. Furthermore, much of the album is hampered by stiff, dated new wave production, which makes amiable throwaways like "Saint Beneath the Paint" irritating. Still, Lowe manages to break through the tedium with charming, clever pop-rockers like "We Want Action," "Time Wounds All Heels," "(For Every Woman Who Ever Made a Fool of a Man There's a Woman Who Made A) Man of the Fool," and the silly doo wop of "Tanque-Rae." But a song as sharp as "Ragin' Eyes," with its wryly observed lyrics and infectious melody, make it clear that the rest of the album is lacking.


Tracklist:

01. We Want Action (02:37)
(Nick Lowe, Carlene Carter)
02. Ragin' Eyes (02:41)
(Nick Lowe)
03. Cool Reaction (02:37)
(Pete Marsh, Andy Howell)
04. Time Wounds All Heels (02:45)
(Nick Lowe, Carlene Carter, Simon Climie)
05. (For Every Woman Who Ever Made A Fool Of A Man There's A Woman Made A) Man Of A Fool (02:48)
(Nick Lowe)
06. Tanque-Rae (02:53)
(Nick Lowe)
07. Wish You Were Here (03:13)
(Nick Lowe)
08. Chicken And Feathers (02:47)
(Nick Lowe)
09. Paid The Price (03:28)
(Moon Martin)
10. Mess Around With Love (03:06)
(Nick Lowe)
11. Saint Beneath The Paint (02:50)
(Nick Lowe)
12. How Do You Talk To An Angel (03:52)
(Nick Lowe)

Recorded at Rockfield Studios, Wales and Ampro Studio, London

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Arranged By [Strings] - Robert Kirby
Backing Vocals - Peter Marsh (tracks: 6 - 9)
Bass - James Eller
Bass, Guitar, Vocals - Nick Lowe
Drums, Vocals - Bobby Irwin
Engineer - Paul Bass, Paul Cobbold
Guitar - Martin Belmont
Keyboards, Vocals - Paul Carrack
Producer - Nick Lowe, Roger Bechirian
Vocals [Harmonies] - Carlene Carter (tracks: 4), Simon Climie (tracks: 4)


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Tags: Abominable, Showman

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