Album review: Various Artists, Way To Blue: The Songs Of Nick Drake (Navigator)


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Recorded by Nick Drake's producer Joe Boyd, Way To Blue avoids the usual patchwork-quilt pitfalls of style and quality that afflict most tribute albums.

Pianist Zoe Rahman is the trump card, her rippling lines underscoring Teddy Thompson's reading of “River Man”, and her tender chordings combining with Danny Thompson's double bass on an instrumental of Drake's most evocative melody, “One Of These Things First”. The standout is Lisa Hannigan's version of “Black Eyed Dog”, on which she resembles Sinead O'Connor.

Download: Black Eyed Dog; One Of These Things First; River Man; Fruit Tree