Nick Drake - A Treasury
Nick Drake departed this world as a relatively obscure musician in 1974, aged so young at just twenty-six. Thirty years later, the late singer-songwriter is adored more than ever; his first ever single release, Magic, made the UK chart at number thirty two, whilst Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt recently narrated a documentary for radio on Drake's life. Even his musical legacy lives on a generation after generation of imitators, such as David Gray, Damian Rice and Kings Of Convenience.
Because of this resurgent wave, and Drake's obvious new-found popularity amongst mature-audienced radio, Island have released a new 'best of' collection. Lyrically, Drake was certainly heartfelt in every note he sang, and even though the songs chosen span three albums and the recently released Made To Love Magic collection of rarities, Drake stuck to his own personal, musical framework to ensure that cohesion between his songs could always be maintained at a strong connection. Fifteen songs ae included in all, and notable Drake highlights such as Hazey Jane II, Northern Sky and From The Morning are included, along with the recent Magic single. The latter carries with it a soaring string-backed eloquence (arranged by Robert Kirby) that drenched most of Drake's output; you always sensed that Drake used his music as an escape vehicle from his own life. Yet somehow, his music evokes a sense of accompaniment, as if you the listeners are travelling with Drake wherever his songs will take them. Despite this, it's undeniable that a haunting, depression-choking air filled the songs; on the one hand they were uplifting, on the other they are gripped by an almost impending doom.
A Treasury has been conceived purely so that it can be snapped up by music lovers too lazy to seek out each of Drake's own albums. It's probable that if you already knew about Drake, and embraced his softly-spoken acoustic songs, then you would have already have sought out his classic albums, Five Leaves Left, Pink Moon and Bryter Layter. Still, as a cash-in Island have selected some of Drake's finest cuts, and A Treasury certainly does the job it was created to perform.
Last updated: 10/06/2018 16:04:27