Review: Geoffrey Cannon, NME, Oct 1969

NICK DRAKE IS a new name to me, and probably to you. From an accompanying biography, I read that he is at Cambridge reading English, was discovered by Fairport Convention when they played on the same bill, and spent some time travelling in Europe, a trip which has greatly benefited his songwriting. Im sorry I cant be more enthusiastic, because he obviously has a not inconsiderable amount of talent, but there is not nearly enough variety on this debut LP to make it entertaining. His voice reminds me very much of Peter Sarstedt, but his songs lack Sarstedts penetration and arresting quality. Exceptions are Mary Jane, a fragile little love song, and Saturday Sun, a reflective number on which the singer also plays a very attractive piano.