The Rose of England
The Rose of England

Nick Lowe & His Cowboy Outfit / Nick Lowe

The Rose of England

1985

Contemporary Pop/Rock

One of the overlooked gems in Nick Lowe's catalog, 1985's The Rose of England was in some respects a continuation of the playful mood of the previous year's Nick Lowe and his Cowboy Outfit. But it offers some fine songs that point to the deeper themes of his work of the '90s and beyond, most notably "(Hope To God) I'm Right" and the title cut. And his choice of covers is spot on, especially his takes on John Hiatt's "She Don't Love Nobody" and Elvis Costello's "Indoor Fireworks."

- Mark Deming

Perfect from Now On
Perfect from Now On

Built to Spill

Perfect from Now On

January 28, 1997

Alternative Pop/Rock

The band's major label debut manages the amazing trick of being the band's best album to this point, Martsch and company using the opportunities for larger budgets and distribution to create an album at once inspiring and quietly emotional, not the easiest combination to pull off.

- Ned Raggett