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Bryter Layter (Remastered)

Nick Drake

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The poster boy for melancholic singer/songwriters, Nick Drake recorded three very different studio albums in his 26 years. Where his debut Five Leaves Left is somber and string-laden, and his swan song Pink Moon acoustic and stark, Bryter Layter is a virtual party, featuring strings, horns, and a galvanizing rhythm section on loan from Fairport Convention. The band dynamic tints Drake's compositions with a cosmopolitan flavor. You can practically smell the sophisticated nightclub of "At the Chime of the City Clock." When Drake does slow things to a contemplative crawl, it's for three momentous songs. Brilliantly augmented by John Cale's swelling viola and harpsichord, "Hazey Jane I," "Fly," and "Northern Sky" are wistful, romantic tunes that capture Drake's overwhelming sense of displacement in a harsh yet beautiful world.

Customer Reviews

Great nap time music

I’m not a folk music fan but I love Nick Drake’s music. His style is vary mellow and he has a vary soothing voice. All three of his albums are great but my favorite is Bryter Layter. It’s more jazzy and a little less melancholy and very relaxing. Funcrunch wrote that it was a little overproduced which is fair to say but this is probably why I like it better then his other albums. Even though he wasn’t popular in his own day it seems like this guy has a cult fallowing today. You can definitely hear his influence on Elliot Smith, another depressed folk singer who killed himself.

Why is this man not worshipped?

I listen to Nick Drake and I just can't imagine a better folk artist. "One of these things first" kills me everytime I listen to it. THE most underappreciated folk artist.


I'm sorry that I have to be the one to bring this albums overall score down. I personally love Nick Drake, but not this album, though I'm passionate for the other two. The reason I don't like this is because, though it does hold passion, not neerly as much as Five Leaves Left or Pink Moon. Poor Boy is the only Drake song I can say I dislike, both because of the backup singer, and Nick actually living a posh lifestyle and if you look at the instruments shoved at him, you can hardly make out his magnificiat guitar, whic is why pink Moon is my favorite. In short, Nick Drake is great, but this is not his best.


Born: June 19, 1948 in Rangoon, Burma

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s

A singular talent who passed almost unnoticed during his brief lifetime, Nick Drake produced several albums of chilling, somber beauty. With hindsight, these have come to be recognized as peak achievements of both the British folk-rock scene and the entire rock singer/songwriter genre. Sometimes compared to Van Morrison, Drake in fact resembled Donovan much more in his breathy vocals, strong melodies, and the acoustic-based orchestral sweep of his arrangements. His was a much darker vision than Donovan's,...
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