When Andy Fairweather Low hits a high note on the word forgiveness, he sounds completely unselfconscious, and finesses the stretch with as much grace as any 58-year-old rocker can muster. Sweet Soulful Music, his first solo effort in 26 years, finds his conflicted humanism as aphoristic, sneaky, and charming as it was on '70s records like Spider Jiving and La Booga Rooga. The Welsh-born Low has spent the last quarter-century as a guitarist for stars like Roger Waters and Eric Clapton, but his take on rootsy rock 'n' roll is sexier than anything Clapton has done since 461 Ocean Boulevard. Low's guitar and pleasantly mush-mouthed tenor demonstrate how looseness doesn't necessarily preclude control, and on the raving "One More Rocket," he sings, "Freigeist Zeitgeist Nietzsche Rée Schopenhauer/Where there's a way to go/There's always a will to power," proving that conflicted humanism trumps any rocker's blatant appeal to divinity.
Edd Hurt, The Village Voice
"Low's first solo album in twenty-six years retains the charm of the long out of print trio of discs he released on A&M in the mid-late 70s. Those albums sadly but perhaps not surprisingly flew under the radar in the States because their straightforward and very British charisma were out of sync with the slick dance and hard rock scenes that were then popular. But Low's approach has pretty much stayed unchanged, so this delightful set of 14 tunes isn't likely to garner much more attention. That's a shame because the singer/guitarist has tapped into a minimalist, engaging groove that feels as comfortable as sinking into an old easy chair...."When I Grow too Old to Dream," the album's only cover, is presented as a waltz with accordion and provides a warm coda for a modest gem of a comeback that deserves more of an audience than it is likely to receive."
Hal Horowitz, All Music Guide
"On this new disc, produced by Glyn Johns of Rolling Stones/Beatles fame recorded in only 10 days, Low aims incredibly high and surprisingly delivers big.
Elmore Magazine, February 2007
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"A U.K. teen popstar (with Amen Corner) in the ’60s, a cult chimera in the ’70s and a first-call guitarist for the likes of the Who, Clapton, Van Morrison, George Harrison, etc. since, do-it-all Low has no one left to impress but himself — and if this sporty booger didn’t knock HIM out, it clobbered me.
Battle-scarred U.K. sidemen and producer Glyn Johns strut their pre-digital stuff, and the charm-times-chops quotient is off-the-charts. … Listen once and you’ll adopt him."
Iowa Press Citizen, December 2006
"Low’s songs are difficult to categorize. They aren’t quite folk and they aren’t quite rock. Rather, his music is a timeless sort of pop that is pure and lovely, music that can be enjoyed in any era. Low once told Robert Christgau that he writes “big”, but what comes out doesn’t feel big in the ornate, overbearing sense. Rather, the largesse comes forth in other ways. The songs are small and simple, yet the joy they evoke is truly massive."
PopMatters.com, December 2006
"Strange but true. In Andy Fairweather Low's 28 years of guitar service to superstars, none of his famous bosses - The Who, Eric Clapton, George Harrison - has fielded an album as good as the three waggish folk-rock gems Low dropped to minimal acclaim between 1974 and 1976....Lowe's first solo album since 1980 retains his knack for recombinant colloquialism.... the tunes are sly and laconic, the lyrics jaunty and laconic, and the POV stubborn, thoughtful, and true."
Robert Christgau, Blender Magazine, November 2006
"Here's hoping Andy Fairweather Low steps out of the shadows soon to tour the proud nightclubs of our nation. From his 60s group Amen Corner to a handful of solo releases in the 70s, surely this Welshman can still command the spotlight with strong luster. Sweet Soulful Music demands no less..."
Bill Bentley, Sherman Oaks Sun