Album review

Ian McNabb - Potency—The Best Of Ian McNabb

It's hard to understand why the solo work of Ian McNabb has fallen into such neglect. As Potency proves, over more than a decade he's been making quality pop characterised by lyrical maturity and an old-fashioned respect for melody. Highlights among the 15 tracks taken from seven albums include "Potency" itself and "You Must Be Prepared To Dream" from the cracking 1994 album he made with Crazy Horse, the vivid "Great Dreams Of Heaven" and the wonderfully titled "If Love Was Like Guitars". It's available as a single CD, but there's a limited edition for true fans with a second CD containing 15 B-sides and rarities.

Rating: 3 / 10


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