The Understated Importance of Nick Drake

Nick Drake released just three albums in his all-too-brief career. While he was still alive, these albums went somewhat under the radar, and didn’t really create all that much buzz in any noticeable way. His incredibly minuscule commercial success was only worsened by the fact that he despised performing live, being interviewed, or appearing in any promotional material whatsoever. Shortly after the release of his final album, Pink Moon , he tragically died of suicide at the age of 26. And yet, despite all of this, Nick Drake remains, to this day, one of the most influential and important folk musicians of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Numerous musicians have cited him as being a major influence on their sound, across a wide range of genres. Some of these musicians include, surprisingly enough, R.E.M. ‘s guitarist Peter Buck and The Cure ‘s frontman Robert Smith. However, if you listen to the music of artists like Bon Iver , Elliott Smith , and Beck , you can hear distinct similarities between their individual styles and that of Drake that are too parallel to be coincidental. Aside from these posthumous influences, Drake’s albums have received a ton of posthumous acclaim. […]

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