Music Review: "Christmas at the Airport" by Nick Lowe

| Mon Nov. 11, 2013 6:00 AM EST

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"Christmas at the Airport"

From Nick Lowe's Quality Street

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Liner notes: The pub-rock vet portrays a stranded traveler on this wry toe-tapper from possibly the least festive Christmas album ever.

Behind the music: In the '70s, Lowe produced upstart artists like Elvis Costello and the Damned. His own music has evolved from snarky pop to a heartfelt rootsy style, reflecting the influence of former father-in-law Johnny Cash, who recorded Lowe's "The Beast in Me."

Check it out if you like: Thoughtful vets like Robyn Hitchcock and Rodney Crowell.

This review originally appeared in our November/December 2013 issue of Mother Jones.