10 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
110 Ratings
110 Ratings
John G aka Jazzguy ,

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.

thewood4 ,

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.

.?! ,

Legit

Nick Drake was legit

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