In typical Nick Lowe fashion, the upbeat love song that’s the title track of his latest EP, “Lay It On Me,” is immediately followed by a note of caution: “Don’t Be Nice to Me.”
And just to pile on the misery, he follows that up with a cover of a 1962 Brenda Lee hit “Here Comes That Feeling,” a song not about finding love, but losing it.
It’s that sardonic duality that’s long endeared Lowe to music fans over his more than 40-year career. After all, this is the guy perhaps best known for “Cruel to Be Kind.” And true to form, thanks to the surf-rock backing of Los Straitjackets, Lowe combines his tales of love lost with an upbeat, ‘50s-era groove that will help you forget the sad tales he’s weaving.
“Here comes that lonely feeling again (you can’t fight the feeling),” the 71-year-old Lowe sings in a tone that almost sounds like he’s enjoying it. If anything, Lowe sounds the most melancholy on “Lay It On Me,” the one love song.