Sensitive Man

Album: The Old Magic (2011)

Songfacts®:

  • Nick Lowe embraces his sensitivity in this song. Lowe told The Huffington Post that he was inspired by the Soul singer, Sam Cooke: "That was a song that came about as I was reading Peter Guralnick's excellent book about Sam Cooke, Dream Boogie: The Triumph Of Sam Cooke, and I came up with this song. It sounded so much like a Sam Cooke song that I couldn't use it - it was like the Sam Cooke song that Sam Cooke didn't do. So, I left it for about a year, and then one day, I got it out of the box mentally, so to speak, and started fiddling around with it, and out that one came."
  • This song spawned Lowe's first music video in 18 years. The video stars several comedians, including Marc Maron, Tim Heidecker and Rich Fulcher, as well as the band, Wilco, who Lowe toured with in 2011.
  • The Old Magic was Lowe's thirteenth solo album. Lowe told KLRU that the album was influenced by old music standards: "There's no doubt I'm very drawn to that classic songwriting style. It is nice when it comes along. It feels like it has been around for a great while."

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