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"The Convincer" still holds up for Nick Lowe's toughest critic — himself

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Nick Lowe has the heart of an artist.

This month, the celebrated singer-songwriter marks the 20th anniversary of his album "The Convincer" with a bravura rerelease. When it originally entered the soundscape, the critically acclaimed LP had everything going for it but timing. "The Convincer" dropped on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

The original release may have been overshadowed by international tragedy, but for Lowe, "The Convincer" has aged particularly well. That's saying a lot for the musician, who has proven time and again to be his own worst critic. As he told me in a recent conversation, "I really don't think I'm much good at all because it's all always in the ear of the beholder."

In a career that has produced the solo hit "Cruel to Be Kind" and, as a mega-anthem for Elvis Costello, "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding," he has seen his share of success. But when it comes to his own work, Lowe keeps returning to "The Convincer." He even goes so........

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