Molly Drake - Molly Drake
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  • Summary: This collection of songs from Nick Drake's mother were home recorded in the 1950s.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Dec 18, 2013
    100
    It’s a fascinating and most worthy archival release.
  2. Drake is revealed as a serious artist whose gossamer-light songs can sound painfully vulnerable, and there's more than a bit of black dog in the poems.
  3. 80
    Despite her amateur standing--she never once supposed these tapes would be made public--there's a keen poetic sensibility at work.
  4. Jan 30, 2014
    70
    Though there's something inevitably ghoulish about the reception afforded these piano and vocal pieces--released for the first time on vinyl in 2013--it would be perverse to deny that they serve as a curious prologue to Drake the younger's brief but brilliant career. [Feb 2014, p.61]
  5. Mar 24, 2014
    70
    This is Molly Drake’s record, her story, and she tells it with heartbreaking beauty.
  6. Dec 18, 2013
    60
    Molly's piano-backed songs are brief, some just over a minute in length, and are influenced by the popular music of the day, from show tunes to sentimental ballads. But they are remarkable for their blend of confidence, sadness and quiet intimacy.
  7. Dec 18, 2013
    60
    A compelling, if sometimes unsettling, time capsule. [Apr 2013, p.106]