Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Aug 1, 2013
    80
    Fortunately, most of the singers feel a kinship to Drake that comes through. They communicate that this is a cause worthy of their most thoughtful interpretive skills.
  2. Apr 16, 2013
    80
    Exemplifying the work of Joe Boyd (and of Gabrielle Drake, who has been rigorously loyal to her brother's legacy) it's a fascinating and charming example of creative curatorship.
  3. Apr 16, 2013
    80
    They all take some liberties with the music, but Drake's lonely outcast vibe is well-preserved.
  4. A genuinely empathetic production, then, which does not pull up many trees.
  5. Apr 12, 2013
    80
    Edited down from performances in London, Melbourne, and New York City, the 15 tracks that populate the lovely and inspiring Way To Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake feel far more intimate than the live tag would suggest.
  6. 80
    This is clearly a labor of love for Boyd and a wonderful introduction to a tragically flawed but exceptionally talented singer/songwriter.
  7. May 10, 2013
    70
    There's nothing here that radically reinvents the delicate beauty of Drake's timeless compositions. [No. 98, p.61]
  8. Apr 12, 2013
    70
    This may be no grand revelation, but it has its moments, and overall it’s a thoroughly satisfying sit.
  9. 60
    Way To Blue avoids the usual patchwork-quilt pitfalls of style and quality that afflict most tribute albums.
  10. Apr 12, 2013
    60
    [A] moving tribute, gently awash with autumnal colour. [May 2013, p.96]
  11. Apr 25, 2013
    50
    Kate St. John's arrangements are suitably elegant, but most of the performances here are proof that Drake's gaunt, under-performed songs do not welcome wobbly bottom-lipped reinterpretation. [Jun 2013, p.81]
  12. Apr 12, 2013
    47
    Way to Blue is too rigid in its approach and too timid in its interpretations to challenge or enlarge our perception of Drake.

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