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Nick Drake

Under Review DVD

Review by Gary Hill

Fans of Nick Drake probably feel like he’s one of those well kept secrets. A true artist, Drake’s short life represented a tragedy of depression and apparent (not really confirmed, but always rumored) suicide. When he died at the age of 26, he had only a couple of albums out. Since then a few have been released from the vaults. While his music is essentially folk, it has enough other elements that, along with his connection to Fairport Convention, I decided to include this in prog. Like the rest of these Under Review DVD’s, this focuses more on Drake’s music (with critical analysis) than on his life. I’d really like to see a more biographical film, but this is enough to give a deep insight into the music of a real innovator. It’s a shame we never had the chance to see where Drake’s music would have taken him, but this documentary truly gives you some clues.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2007 Volume 6 at
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