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Old School

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Old School
60 Is The New 18
Miss You Ray
Love Stumbles On
Amy Joan Blues
Irish Angel
Ain't Too Many Of Us Left
When You Were Mine
Just Because You Love Me
Dream Big
Let Her Get Away
Why Me
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 44:40

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Jim Farber has been writing about music since the Ramones were new. For the last 21 years, he has been chief music critic for the New York Daily News. In additi...more »

Nils Lofgren, Old School
2011 | Label: Vision Records / MVD Entertainment Group

Turning 60 must have hit Nils Lofgren hard. His new album — the wiry guitarist’s first of original material in five years — finds him grousing about oldsters who try to extend their youth, young ‘uns who seem ungrateful, political values that radically change, and the uncomfortable wonder of living longer than you ever imagined. More than one song contains a reference to Lofgren’s double hip-replacement from a few years back.

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Old School is Nils at his best!


I have Lofgren's work all the way back to Grin. This is by far his best work. The songs are well written and the band is tight.

They Say All Music Guide

As its title implies, getting older is on Nils Lofgren’s mind for his first album of new material since 2006. Besides the title track, “60 Is the New 18,” “Miss You Ray” (dedicated to Ray Charles), and “Ain’t Too Many of Us Left” speak to the frustrations facing an aging rocker in a young man’s game. To his credit, Lofgren doesn’t modernize his style to endear himself for a younger audience, but has written 11 out of these dozen selections in the same melodic rock format that he’s adhered to since his days in Grin. He’s never been a great singer, but his voice has lost much of its high end, which makes him sound more grizzled than usual. Still, that generally works to his advantage since his veteran status allows him to comment on everything from the maturing of love to teens and their annoying habits. The distinctive electric guitar sound that made Lofgren so invaluable as a backing soloist to Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen is tamped down for the most part, although it weaves throughout songs that rely more on melody, lyrics, and singing than hotshot six-string work. Guest vocals from Paul Rodgers and Lou Gramm minimally enhance a few tracks, but Sam & Dave’s Sam Moore shines on his duet for the chorus for “Ain’t Too Many of Us Left,” a song that also gives Lofgren a chance to unwind on guitar. Heartfelt ballads such as the lovely “When You Were Mine,” the haunted memories of the closing “Why Me,” the acoustic “Let Her Get Away,” “Love Stumbles On”‘s wistful recollection, and especially “Irish Angel” (the disc’s only cover) work particularly well with Lofgren’s grainy, somewhat compromised voice. Perhaps his advancing years have shifted Lofgren’s focus from the rockers that used to dominate his albums to the slower, more reflective compositions here. Regardless, he’s in good form; spirited on the rockers and appropriately melancholy on the softer material. He knows his shot at solo stardom is behind him but that doesn’t stop him from writing solid, at times exemplary, songs and performing them with the verve and panache he has always exhibited in his work. This isn’t his best hour but it’s far from his worst. It’s a workmanlike effort from a veteran rocker who is too driven, vital, and talented to seriously consider retiring. That should sit just fine with fans who have stuck with him this long, and they especially will be rewarded with a solid, credible, and honest project that plays to Lofgren’s still considerable strengths. – Hal Horowitz

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