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Just when you think the shelf life has expired on Volkswagen's Cabrio ad, it resurfaces
with a vengeance. The commercial became an instant classic when it debuted last year
with its breezy, low-key portrayal of a midsummer night's ride with the top down under a
blanket of stars. You can almost hear the crackle of fireflies hitting the windshield.
But you don't. Instead, you hear a soft, soothing voice. The spare strumming of an
acoustic guitar. A simple melody full of wistful introspection. And so Nick Drake's "Pink
Moon" is introduced to a whole new generation.
The young English folk rocker made three records from the
late '60s to the early '70s while struggling with bouts of
debilitating depression. His third and final effort was the
bare-bones Pink Moon, an exquisite bummer of an album that
shows Drake mining the depths of his own despair in a darker,
more unflinching way than he had on his previous records...
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