Holiday album a first for English singer Nick Lowe

November 29, 2013 4:35 PM

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“Over the course of the afternoon of that day I started examining my feelings and said, well, wait a minute,” he said. “This could be a great opportunity to do something that, if not standing a chance of being really good, it might at least be able to work on more than one level. So I changed my mind.”

The disc, “Quality Street,” is a goes-down-easy blend of rockabilly, crooning, acoustic picking and gospel. Among the dozen songs, “Silent Night” is the only well-known carol, and it is given a Tex-Mex flavor. Lowe’s own “Christmas at the Airport” is about a snowed-in traveler, and “I Was Born in Be...

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