Monday, April 21, 2008

Tonight at the Belcourt: Nick Lowe w/Ron Sexsmith

Posted By on Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 4:42 PM

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If 2007’s At My Age proved that Nick Lowe is mortal, the new reissue of Lowe’s 1978 solo debut Jesus of Cool enshrines a record of unique tone—insouciant insincerity that’s never less than winsome. While appearing to address burning issues along the lines of world diplomacy, the fate of Cuba, Hollywood and record-label advances, Jesus—retitled Pure Pop for Now People to suit delicate American sensibilities—discourages analysis as only the greatest pop can. Since his days with pub-rockers Brinsley Schwarz, Lowe had demonstrated a sly way with the banalities that crept into a lot of ’70s pop, and Jesus turned Nick’s knack into art. Live, Lowe remains a charmer with an endless repertoire. Also on the bill is Ron Sexsmith, another exponent of deceptively smooth pop. Baby-faced and intense, Sexsmith writes songs steeped in British Invasion tradition, and he’s an engaging singer. 8 p.m. at The Belcourt Theatre —EDD HURT

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