David Browne
June 25, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Made to Love Magic

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Nick Drake
Producers
Island

We gave it a B+

For Drakeophiles, the ground-shaking news here is the unearthed ”Tow the Line,” a threatening-clouds folk-blues that’s of a piece with this cult icon’s other final recordings. The iffy news is that about half of the still-available ”Time of No Reply” rarities set are also here. The additions — like two songs with newly dubbed-on strings — are a tad suspect. But the ageless, mythopoetic elegance of Drake’s craft shines through, even if we truly have heard some of this before.

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