Ian McNabb

My Own Way: The Words and Music of Ian McNabb

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With Ian McNabb's tenure at This Way Up Records coming to a close, My Own Way: The Words and Music of Ian McNabb was the expected -- and perhaps obligatory -- major label best-of kiss-off. Fortunately, because the three McNabb albums this compilation is drawn from were all quite strong, My Own Way ends up being a fairly credible overview of McNabb's rock-oriented, post-Icicle Works career. However, this compilation isn't any stronger than any of McNabb's first three This Way Up albums, and it also gives short shrift to Merseybeast, his best solo release. So a casual fan looking to sample McNabb's '90s output would actually be better served by picking up copies of Truth and Beauty, Head Like a Rock, or, especially, Merseybeast -- all of these albums contain terrific songs, and they all flow slightly better than this cobbled-together compilation. Presumably to lure in collectors, three previously non-album tracks are also included on My Own Way: For the record, these tracks are a rerecorded single version of "(I Go) My Own Way" that isn't too different from the original album cut; the B-side dub exercise "For You Angel," which is OK, but doesn't really merit inclusion on a McNabb best-of; and a fierce, rocking live version of "Evangeline" that was included on a disc given away with initial copies of Merseybeast.

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