I bought Cruel to Be Kind in 1979, and I've been a fan (maybe admirer is the better word) of Nick Lowe since. He's reinvented himself over the years, which I guess you need to do to keep a career going. When I heard he had a Christmas album in the works, I was surprised, but intrigued; I had never thought of him, for instance, as the cynical musician looking for a way to extend his best-before date. At 64, Lowe is hardly expecting to hit the Top 40!
Quality Street is the name of the album, and it came out a couple of weeks ago. It has a Wes Anderson-y kind of album cover (turns out my thought is not at all original, and rather what the designer, who happens to be his wife, had in mind) and a rootsy sound on the inside.
Here's the opening track.