Maybe Nick Lowe is not the name that comes to mind when you think of Christmas music. Understandably, you’d be forgiven. The former pub-rock/new-wave icon known for his wry lyrics and wit seems like an antithetical fit for the commercially safe and stale venture that is the Christmas album. Yet the irony is not lost on Lowe, who at 68 years old has been deep into his crooner phase for over a decade now, but whose sense of mischievousness is still intact as he imbues “Silent Night” full of rocksteady rhythm and rockabilly guitar licks. To his credit, Lowe plays the majority of the album straight, with faithful renditions of Xmas standards along with tender originals such as “I Was Born In Bethlehem.” However, it’s “Christmas at the Airport” that steals the show; another Lowe original and one that blends holiday melancholia, cheeky humor, and a Tin Pan Alley melodic sensibility all in one. Oh, and it’s really catchy too!