|Pure Pop For Now People|
|Produced by Nick Lowe|
|Released on 1978|
|US CHART POSITION #127|
|Find it at GEMM|
|JC 35329 cover
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T he Amerikan version of a new old UK sensation, here with a whirled order that loses something in translation. “Music for Money” sets the stage, “Rollers Show” closes the curtain, and how Columbia didn’t hear that is beyond me. So, Jesus of Cool, we love you; Pure Pop, you’re tainted by bad judgment. Moving beyond that (slowly, begrudgingly, there we go with one foot out of the mud), what’s here are the first, tantalizingly hanging fruits of Lowe’s labor: “So It Goes,” “(I Love the Sound of) Breaking Glass,” “Rollers Show,” “They Called It Rock,” “Marie Provost.” In my opinion, “So It Goes” is one of the tightest, catchiest pop songs ever written. The rest of the album is an eclectic assortment of warped pop (“Marie Provost,” “Nutted By Reality”), rock & roll (“Heart of the City,” “They Called It Rock”), an ill-advised organ transplant or two better suited to pal Elvis’ body of work (“No Reason”) and the kind of charmer that made you forget all that filler in the first place (“Rollers Show”). Jesus and Pure Pop, buffalo and bison, it’s all the same animal you’ll say, but I’m a stickler for order in some things (a lover of chaos in everything else). The two are different platters tuned to different tastes: the English and their happy ending, the Americans and their final say (can you see). In either incarnation, it’s a must-own for Lowe riders, this and Labour forming some of the spunkiest pop since 10cc. Compared to Elvis Costello’s work, well, does anything? Nick’s a smaller scale, a softer pitch, a shade cooler and a sight friendlier. When he hits the mark, though, it’s enough to make Dave Edmunds, Ian Gomm and The Rumour look like little bows.
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|US||Columbia||LP/CS||PC/PCT 35329||picture sleeve|
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