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Be Yourself: A Tribute to Graham Nash’s Songs for Beginners


2 star rating

Put together, in part, by his daughter Nile, this is a pretty pedestrian retread of Graham Nash’s 1971 break-up-from-Joni Mitchell album by some of today’s (noticeably less stellar) folk-rock stars.

The protest anthem “Chicago” aside, however, the songs – as honest as Nash himself, reputedly the nicest guy in Laurel Canyon – age well. The standout treatments come from Robin Pecknold, singing slightly lower than he does in Fleet Foxes, on the title track and Bonnie “Prince” Billy with his sinuous Spanish version of “Simple Man”. Nile sweetly renders “Wounded Bird”, but this tribute record won’t change anybody’s world.

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