Hannes Wader

Nah Dran

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Nah Dran is Hannes Wader's first album of new material in six years, released shortly after his 70th birthday. The German Liedermacher delivers a set of laconic, black-humored tunes, some of which are rearrangements of existing songs with new lyrics ("Ich Werd' Es Überstehn" used to be Tom Paxton's "Last Thing on My Mind"; "Die Welken Blätter" is a new version of Joseph Kosma and Jacques Prévert's "Les Feuilles Mortes," also known as "Autumn Leaves"). The track "Alter Freund" is an homage to Wader's friend and fellow singer/songwriter Franz Josef Degenhardt, who died in November 2011. Nah Dran, which takes a few stylistic detours from Wader's Liedermacher sound (the reggae-inspired ten-minute title track, the country-flavored "Lied Vom Tod"), entered the German charts at number 18 and is also available as a deluxe edition with a 44-page booklet and five bonus tracks (including a new version of Elvis' "Wooden Heart").