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Thread #126718   Message #2819915
Posted By: Phil Edwards
23-Jan-10 - 07:09 PM
Thread Name: Nick Drake - hype and reality
Subject: RE: Nick Drake - hype and reality
Could you explain that last bit? To my ear - coming to it a few years later - Nick Drake's voice was precisely that of a university educated, middle-class person.

Interesting about the songs not being taken up. There's a definite lack of blokishness, which can't have helped; I also wonder if the technique-to-flash ratio is just too high for most people to bother learning them. I mean, a tune like Anji is a sod to play, but sounds brilliant when you do. A lot of Nick Drake's stuff requires you to play eight different chords in a tuning of DADGBF#, and when you can do that what you get sounds... quite nice. I think a lot of the songs are very good, but with a few exceptions they're not *striking* - they don't cry out to be learned.