Nick Lowe - Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For The Whole Family (180g Vinyl LP + CD)
When Nick Lowe was approached by his record label about making a Christmas album, his reaction wasn't exactly one of comfort and joy. “It was more disquiet and alarm, accompanied by feelings of 'Do they really think I would wish to sully my good name on this tawdry and vulgar commercialism?'” Lowe says with a laugh. “But that feeling lasted about thirty-six and a half seconds, before I came to and thought, 'Vulgar, tawdry commercialism? Yes, please, when do we start?' Seriously, I thought, 'Wait a minute, this could be really good fun.'”
Though Lowe admits the holiday season was for many years something he “suffered through a bit,” that changed when he became a father for the first time in 2005. “There's no doubt that since I had a little boy, I've sort of rediscovered some of the joys of Christmas,” Lowe says. And the joys of Christmas infuse the dozen songs on Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family (the title is a nod to a famous UK manufacturer of holiday sweets, while the Wes Anderson-ish cover image was conceived by Lowe's wife, designer Peta Waddington).