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Five Leaves Left

Nick Drake

1969

Five Leaves Left

Album Summary

Five Leaves Left is the debut studio album by English folk musician Nick Drake. Recorded between 1968 and 1969, it was released in 1969 by Island Records.

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Rating

3.51

Votes

4946

Genres

  • Rock
  • Folk
  • Singer Songwriter
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5

When I listen to Nick Drake, I can feel my brain expanding. I’d give it seven stars out of five if I could.

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5

I'm starting to suspect that Nick Drake might have been one of the greatest songwriters the world has ever seen. His early death at 26 robbed the world of something great. These songs are heartwrenchingly beautiful. Their dark sadness offer a window into the heart and mind of a man who overdosed on anti-depressants. He just wanted to feel better. Absolutely heart breaking.

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5

This album absolutely gripped me from start to finish. I don’t even really remember my drive to work this morning. This is the kind of music that simultaneously makes me want to create, and dashes my hopes that I will ever make something close to this level of a masterpiece.

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A friend has been trying to get me into Nick Drake for as long as I can remember because he's obsessed with him. I've tried so hard and it just doesn't happen. It should, everything about him is right up my alley, but it just doesn't work. It's the voice, it's far too monotone, he drones on. It's a shame, those who like him really adore him, like some kind of religion. I do not attend the church of Nick Drake.

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5

Quiet, reserved, almost mystical sounding folk. Love the strings, the guitars, and the vocals are quiet, not too dynamic, but they’re still very melodic and I feel like I’m hanging on every word. Feels like a mystic dream or a dark fairy tale. Really enjoyed this and will come back

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5

What a hidden gem. Drake is so talented and tasked at the same time . He seems so sad. The music is so beautiful I almost wanted to here only the acoustics. I read up his background and see he is another short lived artist. Had many favorites: River Man, Three Hours, Cello . The eery line from Fruit Tree tells it all “They’ll all know that you were here when you’re gone” So very true Nick

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4

I'm no statistician, but I think the odds of getting two Nick Drake albums this close together are like 200000:1 so do with that what you will. Normally I'd be annoyed to have the same artist so soon but I loved Pink Moon so much that I've been itching to listen to his other albums. This one's really good too. It's brighter, more engaging, but less impactful than Pink Moon. Once again, I'm really digging the guitar work, and I love the low-key drums on "Three Hours," that's a really cool song. Plenty of great tunes here, but it reveals to me why his career panned out the way it did. He's clearly a talented guitarist and songwriter, but his voice is very understated. I can see why this didn't sell--there's nothing really special or exciting about it. Nick sounds much better in the minimal style we heard on Pink Moon, but who would give some college kid a major label deal to make a singer-songwriter album in 1969? I hope this doesn't come off too negative because I did really like the album, it's just clear to me why Pink Moon is his masterpiece. Favorite tracks: Three Hours, Fruit Tree, Cello Song. Album cover: I like the green frame around the picture, but this is pretty tame. It looks like some "easy listening" album you would pick up at a spa giftshop. 4/5

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5

Beautiful, brooding. Relaxing yet depressing? I love the instrumental arrangements!

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5

If you hate this album you cannot conceive of true beauty in the world. This has always been my favourite of Nick Drake's albums. His singing, the string arrangements, the Richard and Danny Thompson's contributions, Joe Boyd's masterful production - all just perfect.

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5

My history with this album has been extensive. This album directly reminds me of several of the most important women in my life, both past and continuing. Of course, it's a truism to say that Nick Drake is a potent female aphrodisiac, but it's better for both parties that teenage boys try to impress girls with this album than with attempting to neck a pint of vodka then spewing in their hair. And yes, it is an astonishing work. The legend of Nick Drake has him as one of the great tragic figures in music, a little (6'3") lost boy of exquisite fingerwork and calm, yet desolate imagery, but this album proves that his music is stupefying and hypnotic on its own, without needing to conjure Nick Drake's melancholy end. That said, despite the wistfulness of, say, The Thoughts of Mary Jane, Five Leaves Left has an undercurrent of anguish throughout, together begetting a wonderful bittersweetness. For my money, this is the strongest of his three albums, a warm, reflective and rather diverse collection as beautiful, intricate and delicate as a cobweb. Now, I have recently reviewed Unknown Pleasures and Never Mind The Bollocks, and have declared each of those perhaps the greatest debut album of all. I'm going to be greedy and put Five Leaves Left in the same category.

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Sounds like a Wes Anderson movie where the protagonist wears the same outfit everyday and is pining with unrequited love and unresolved sexual tension. So it basically sounds like any Wes Anderson movie. You really just want to see our hero get laid. Don't dig too deep into the biography of Nick Drake. He had more problems than a high school arithmetic book.

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5

I thoroughly enjoyed it. The entire album is a mood.

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5

Really good, happy to have learned about this guy, I didn't know him. Because of this, he deserves my first 5 stars!

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5

Beautiful guitar melodies and soft voice. Will listen again.

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5

I'm so happy to have discovered Nick Drake- how did I miss his genius for so long!?

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5

Goergeous album. Impressive and intricate arrangements. The string sections are sublime. Nick Drake will always be one of my favorite folk artists and more people should familiarize themselves with this album and not just Pink Moon.

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5

Having not heard of Nick Drake, I judged the album by its cover and was not looking forward to listening However, upon listening I was blown away by the musicianship and song writing.

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5

Nick Drake’s cannon is immaculate

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5

I had heard songs from this album before, but I had always assumed they were from this decade. This album is phenominally timeless and filled with rich arrangements. I've honestly listened to the album 5 times already and each listening is revealing more and more to enjoy. This is exactly the type of experience I had hoped to have with this site!

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5

Nick Drake is one of those artists that I have heard a lot about but haven't listened to yet. This album has really impressed me. I love the vocals, instrumentals, and the poetic lyrics. Looking forward to listening to more of his discography

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5

There is something otherworldly about Nick Drake's. His lyrics never truly make sense but you know what he is saying. It's fair to say he created moods and that is what tells the story. One of the most creative acoustic guitar players even though he never shows off. Loads of great songs here, the best ones for me are "Three Hours", "Cello Song", "Saturday Sun" and "River Man".

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5

This is an album filled with beauty, depth and wisdom. I was doing tasks around the house while listening and by the end of “Three Hours” had to stop and just sit and listen. Nick Drake’s voice is beautiful, the music spare in all the right places without being dull, the lyrics profound. Every song on this is a treasure. The lyrics are impressive from start to finish. Each song brings something unique and special… “Time Has Told Me” with its noodly electric guitar and piano accompaniment is a perfect opening. “River Man” has a great cinematic quality with a real drama added by the orchestration. Love the light percussion in “Three Hours” - really takes you on a journey. “Way To Blue” feels like musings on a lonely, windswept plain. “Day Is Done” is absolutely beautiful. Gorgeous song with beautiful string accompaniment. “‘Cello Song” is so good - it was at this point on the album when I revisited the cover and looked up Nick Drake’s age. A college student wrote this stuff?! He sounds like he has the wisdom of 1000 years behind him… “Thoughts of Mary Jane” is such a sweet song… lightened by the flute. A real contrast in many ways to the other songs, but yet it feels perfect in-place. “Man In A Shed” is a total delight. It tells a perfect little story. I love this song. “Fruit Tree” is such a perfect musing on fame and life… so poignant knowing how Nick Drake died at such a young age. “Saturday Sun” may be my favorite song on the album. Really beautiful song that I can’t stop thinking about. I was deeply moved by FIVE LEAVES LEFT. It’s an amazing gift from a truly incredible artist.

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5

Listening to Nick Drake gives me deep feelings of warmth and safety. It's like being swaddled and held. I find this ironic and profoundly sad considering the animosity that apparently existed between this talented artist and his own brain. I'm grateful for what he left us with.

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5

It's crazy how sometimes these album a day is just exactly what you need on a day. Nick Drake--particularly Saturday Sun, just hit the SPOT. It's raining and this is just hitting all the right notes.

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5

I could never even hope to be able to play guitar like this and also sing, even if I spent the rest of my life practising. That makes this so impressive to me. Nick Drake creates the most beautifully sad music (this album in particular is stunning) and my life would be different without said music in it, so I think that's enough said and it's a five from meeeee.

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Wow, what are the odds of another Nick Drake album on a list that's 1001 albums long? A quick calculation shows 0.0001%. I'm glad we got this album because it gives us more context for Nick Drake. It's suprising that this was released before pink moon, because what I've seen common among other artists is an early album that is personal, rough around the edges, musically simple and raw, but they later dive into more musically complex ideas as they get more resources and confidence. It seems like Nick Drake did the opposite. It just goes to show how brave he was to go from something more musically complex like this album to something so simple. I know I should just be judging this album by itself, but for me it really just highlighted why I love Pink Moon so much. This album was much more musically dense than his later works, and it's really impressive, but lacked the emotional vulnerability that makes his other work so special. Although some of the melodies were lacking on this album, there were some real gems here that I loved. Nick Drake's singing style works very well with the somber and folky songs on this project. The instrumentation is executed fantastically and overall, I loved almost every song (but there were some tracks that lacked impact). This was a solid project that was enjoyable to listen to, but it didn't blow me away as much as I know Nick Drake is capable of. Favorite Track: River Man

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It's very pleasant and moody and all but honestly I find it a bit of a yawn.

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5

Hopeful sadness.

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4,5/5

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5

I've adored this album for a while, and this listen was no different. Nick Drake is really on a whole 'nother level.

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5

Vocais e violões com muita sensibilidade. Melhora a cada audição. Ouvir com Grado RS2e

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5

Mellow and relaxing - zoe may like

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5

I really liked this album. It reminded me of Iron & Wine and Alexi Murdoch.

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5

classic nick drake album

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5

Great album by Nick Drake. Not much needs to be said, folky yet still very modern

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5

Great listen

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5

Chilled out listening. Instrumentals and guitars. Nick's voice is really good. Takes me back to the good days of songs being sung.

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5

loved this

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5

Super impressed

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5

John Mayer feels

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5

Great Nick Drake album.

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5

Wonderful!

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5

Dette er ikke mitt favoritt Nick Drake album, men det er en 9/10 uansett. Sykt kul Jansch gitarspilling, vakre tekster med mye mening, egenartig stemme med en utrolig innlevelse. I tillegg er gitarskrivingen helt fenomenal. Noen av sangene har litt akkompagnement av strykeinstrument og slikt, som ikke alltid funker like bra som de vanlige gitarsangene, men det gir en variasjon i sounden når man hører gjennom albumet, så det er ikke så dumt at det er med. En av mine favoritter.

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5

love this album

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5

Really beautiful.

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5

This was really good! I didn't know this record - but I really like "Pink Moon" by Nick Drake so I figured this'd be good. The Cello Song is probably the best!

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5

Muy tranquilo para estudiar el hit Saturday

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5

Prachtig!

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5

Hermoso. íntimo. caluroso.

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5

Todo un mood, muy mi zona de confort la verdad

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5

Masterpiece

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5

A thing of beauty. Loved it. Saturday sun is a gorgeous track.

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5

Bellissima voce e arrangiamenti minimal molto belli. Acustico, delicato, riflessivo.

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5

Rainy day music

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5

Loved his voice, loved the instrumentation or whatever it’s called. Too sleepy for an everyday album but good for some easy listening on the right day.

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5

Absolutely gorgeous but sometimes too aching for me to be able to listen.

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5

I had heard of him only recently thanks to a guitar teacher I follow on YouTube. So glad I've been introduced to his music. I remember really liking Alexi Murdoch when I first heard his music maybe 15 or so years ago, and now I hear the similarities. I'm sure there are many artists I like who were influenced by Nick Drake. In this album (curious: is 'Five Leaves Left' a reference to O. Henry's short story, 'The Last Leaf'?), I'm hearing a really interesting sense of melody (and harmony, too) that is a slight departure from most of the music I know from this era and style. He's a heck of a writer, composer, guitarist, and singer. Some beautiful string arrangements on some of these tracks, too. It all really draws me in quite nicely. Fantastic work.

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Olen tätä joskus kuunnellut, ja suuri osa biiseistä kuulosti varsin tutuilta. Nick Drakesta on kuva sellaisena musadiggarien jumalana josta kaikkien vaan pitää tykätä. Tämä on ehkä vähän aiheuttanut itselleni vierastusta, varsinkin kun en ole aiemmin ihan kauheasti syttynyt herran levyistä. Nyt kuitenkin rauhassa kuunnellessa tämä on äärimmäisen taidokasta ja tunnelmallista musisointia. Sekä musiikin että elämän ja uran kannalta tästä tulee vahvasti mieleen kotimainen vastine Pekka Streng. Molemmat kuolivat nuorena, ilman erityisen suurta musikaalista menestystä elinaikanaan. Levyn alku lähtee ehkä vähän yskien liikkeelle, mutta Way To Bluesta eteenpäin loppulevy onkin sitten uskomattoman kauniita ja hienoja kappaleita. Kokonaisuutena erittäin positiivinen yllätys, joka keikkuu nelosen ja vitosen välimaastossa. Levyn huikea loppupuoli jättää hyvän mielen, jonka ansiosta numero pyöristyy ylöspäin.

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5

Gorgeous

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5

The best find from this list for me, hands down. I really love his sound, his gentleness, his lyrics. This album gives me hits of Cat Stevens and Jim Croce in places, both songsmiths that I deeply admire. The guitar playing is really fantastic on Three Hours and Day Is Done (don't know why this song wasn't a HUGE hit!). Some of the orchestration might be a bit much in places (lots of strings), but I don't mind when it deepens the track. My only less enthusiastic take is for Thoughts on Mary Jane, whose flute part greatly dates the song for me. But all in all, another album that will stick with me by an artist I'm very glad to have discovered.

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4.5

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5

Favoriete nummers: - River Man - Fruit Tree

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5

One of the most beautiful bits of music I've ever listened to

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5

just wonderful. brought me back to a time and a place. wonderful texture (from youtube? really?). they don't make them like this anymore

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5

5.0 - It's uncanny how this album manages to present these songs, these compositions of considerable intricacy, in a way that sounds spacious and casual. As if Nick Drake and his ensemble are invited friends playing in your living room. Just a few highlights: "River Man", "'Cello Song", "Man in a Shed" (which reminds me of Shrek).

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5

I liked this very much, the brooding melancholy the dispirited lyrics and disheveled music. It took me somewhere dark and uncomfortable I must now listen to all his music.

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5

I don't like a lot of folk music but this is probably my favourite outside of Dylan. A shame he topped himself

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5

Nick Drake is a magician 5/5

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5

Liked it a lot!

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5

Loved it. A new favorite.

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5

Is there a better morning soundtrack than literally ANY Nick Drake album? On his debut - what a debut! - Drake unveils his talent of fast plucking strings to weave a picnic blanket over which he places lyrical sandwiches and pies of a most rustic quality. The arranging influence of Richard Thompson shines through Drake's green folklore, making for a piece of art that is timeless as a cloudy English sky.

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The perfect album for November 13th. The first snow of the season, although not much, it was enough to to catch the eye. Five Leaves Left is a beautiful experience. Nick Drake loves his nature.

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180919 21:19 5

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5

Great. His voice reminds me of Alexi Murdoch

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5

A very good friend introduced me to Nick Drake some years ago, not this album, but I have more recently become familiar with this album. I am a fan. There is something about the melancholy sound that really pulls me in. The lyrics are poetic. I will listen to this album again and again in the future.

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5

A warning: while driving and listening to this album I was taken to such a state of reverie that I forgot where I was and what I was doing for an out-of-body moment before waking up in a panic behind the wheel. Nick Drake's music is soothing and yet so powerfully emotional at the same time. A haunting voice, obviously; I love the beautiful instrumentation of all these songs. The double reeds on "Fruit Tree." I had been an admirer from the use of his songs on early 2000s soundtracks, but I'm so happy to have spent this time with his debut album.

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5

I've Been Trying To Hear This Epic For A While. It's So Easy to Listen To. However You Can Feel The Struggle About It

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5

Songwriting masterpiece.

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5

This Album is why I am listening to these 1001 albums. How have I never heard this astounding beauty before?

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5

Gorgeous instrumentation and lyrics. Pretty harmonically complex. Very emotive.

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5

Out of his 3 this is the one I haven't heard before, and given some time it could be my favourite of them - I really like his vocals and guitar work as usual, but I love the orchestration throughout this record and quite a few tracks are just beautiful.

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5

never hung too much, but yknow

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5

What an album. The chord progressions are like nothing you've ever heard before (metal tunings played in a folly style) and the strings are beautiful, and the whole thing hits you on an emotional frequency I can't quite explain, but you FEEL it. I realise that makes no sense but I can't explain it. Just listen to Way To Blue, Cello Song or River Man and you'll feel something different to what other music gives you. It's BRILLIANT. And I normally hate folky stuff.

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5

A true work of creative genius. This album will be held in awe centuries from now when all but a fee of these thousands of albums have been forgotten. Vital and important.

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5

Incredible folk. This album gets slept on unfairly compared to Pink Moon. 1969 is really one of the best years in music history to me.

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Time has told me That you’re a rare, rare find A troubled cure For a troubled mind

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A friend once told me to read Nick Drake’s Wikipedia page because his story is incredibly sad. He was right. I’ve been a fan of Pink Moon for years, but goddamn if this album isn’t just about as beautiful and mournful as that one.

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5

Yes.

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5

Close to perfection. Pink Moon gets all the praise but I'd say that it's just as good in many ways. It has the beautiful arrangements of Bryter Layter and the automnal, introspective mood of Pink Moon. Best of both worlds, really.

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5

Juste parfait.

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5

Fantastic debut. Still holds up.

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5

Simply one of the GOAT. I can understand it's not for everyone but in it's genre it's unsurpassed. Nick's voice, guitar playing and the production make this a great friend when you need it.

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5

Five Leaves Left is such a poetic album, it sounds so beautiful throughout all 10 tracks, every single one masterfully crafted by Nick Drake's voice and acoustic guitar. The string arrangement in "River Man" is one of folk music's finest and, also, most tracks have unusual instruments, but they always work so fine. We have congas, flutes, oboes and vibraphones - the result is a little bit minimalistic, a little bit experimental, pushing the boundaries of folk music.

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5

Very pleasant songs

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what an unbelievably incredible album to think he only made three albums before dying at 26, it breaks my heart he was a truly phenomenal artist, I need to listen to his other work, giving this a 10/10 feels like an understatement to just how amazing this is

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This is the type of record that projects me back to "the time when": I haven't lived it but I can barely imagine what would it be like being in 1969, coming back from the record store, and playing this for the first time. It might have felt like witnessing history as it was being written. There's another record that I can think of that gives me that feeling, more about that in a future time. Much has been said about Nick Drake's acoustic guitar technique and his songwriting. I would like to mention the arrangements, which seem to broaden the very concept of folk. The first two songs have a bluesy, almost jazzy feel to them, with piano on Time Has Told Me, and strings being introduced on River Man. By Three Hours, bass and percussions become very busy, if also kept in an understated, intimate fashion. The strings on Way To Blue start off in a very dramatic way and then open up and keep swinging between these two moods.  And then there is Day Is Done, which is breathtakingly gorgeous.  And this is only the first half! The rest of it keeps this pace and quality with an outstanding consistency.  This album sounds beautiful, delicate, fragile. A must own.

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5

Essentially background, but so lovely and heartfelt

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uncomfortable cafe chairs and sweet coffee, drifting out to sea, classical guitar, folk tale with strings, blackbird but if it were eleanor rigby, crocuses in the rain, lesser harrisong uplifted by flute, ooh jazz!, weird metaphor over beautiful chords, swung mccartney. overall a really beautiful album with a unique vibe — not one i can see myself returning too often, but once every few months when i’m in the mood, i’ll really enjoy this album. feels like a sunday afternoon.

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5

Really great B side. The jazz elements and cello work together really well with his folksy style

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5

classique

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5

Bet it's gotten someone "through some stuff" at one point.

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5

Big 'Syd Matters' vibes and I am so here for it

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5

Wow. How did I leave it so late to listen to this?

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5

Loved this.

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5

yeah i listen to drake

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5

Blimey.

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5

Nick Drake’s music is expressive, beautiful, and ponderous with a tinge of melancholy. His debut album confirms that his unique style and songwriting ability was already well developed by the time he committed theses songs to tape. This album contains some of my favorite Nick Drake songs and I enjoyed every second of it. I discovered Nick Drake about a decade ago and believe he was one of the greatest if not the greatest English folk talents.

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5

Trying not to cliche all over the place, but it always makes me feel sad listening to Nick Drake. Very evocative of a specific time and place.

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5

This was a great album. Had no idea who this was and ended up really digging this record.

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Couldn’t get tired of it

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i found nick drake about the same time i found elliott smith and i love them both and this is such a beautiful album matched perfectly with nick drakes angelic voice. it's a pity he left us at such a young age but left us with some of the best folk albums of all time and this is definitely up there.

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5

Beautiful. And it's not even the best Nick Drake album.

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5

This is a beautiful album; river man is probably my favourite track. I still slightly prefer the stripped back instrumentation of pink moon

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5

Beautiful voice, soft rock when it's best

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5

Yes. A resounding absolute yes. A tragic ending to a man’s life who made such beautiful music.

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This production is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. His voice is so ethereal. Everything just stands out so much. 5 stars. What a beautiful and moving album. Hard to believe this is from 1969 with how clean and clear the production is.

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It took three decades for the audience to catch up on what Nick Drake was doing on his debut. And what he was doing was simply penning one of the most beautiful folk albums that ever came out of the UK (along with his own *Pink Moon* not so long later). Stellar guitar playing, stellar singing, stellar arrangements... And stellar songwriting all around: "Time Has Told Me", "Day Is Done", "'Cello Song", "Saturday Sun"... So many of those melancholic tunes are just classics now, along with all those that can be found on *Pink Moon* and a good half of *Bryter Layter*. In retrospect, it's just mindboggling that Drake was ignored at the time. But his light shines even more now that he has been rediscovered. At least, we can all be grateful for that. A few words of praise about Joe Boyd's gracious and timeless production also need to be added here, because the latter adds a lot to the songs' sense of sincerity and authenticity. No unnecessary frills here, just a few nice touches drawing from classical or jazz fields so as to enhance the songs' inner power in ways that can resonate directly into your soul. Take Robert Kirby's many illuminating arrangements for strings, for instance: their Haendel-like nobility on *Way To Blue* does not merely sound baroque, it also conveys how fleeting and vulnerable happiness is, in keeping with the theme of the song. And let's not forget Harry Robinson's own strings arrangements on "River Man". Combined with the 5/4 rhythm of the song, their ambiguous minor mode / major mode switches are the perfect bed over which Drake's mysterious river of questions can flow out of his sensitive heart. As for the lyrics, it's hard to convey how enigmatic and yet totally wonderful they sound over the music... "Fruit Tree" gives you the feeling Nick Drake was somehow aware of his fate to come--that he would be more famous dead than alive, even though it's not something he really seemed to care about anyway. What he cared about was the "Saturday Sun", happiness in the present moment, and once again, he knew more than anyone else how fleeting such happiness was, hence the melancholy of those songs. This too, brings a lot of beauty to his life's work. And the fact that it was such a short life makes this very album all the more precious today. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 822 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory: 96 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 45 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 39

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5

Calm, melodic

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5

This was a great album. I liked his voice and the gentleness of it all. Elliott Smith vibes.

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5

Nick Drake es probablemente de las cosas más centrales de mi adolescencia. Hermoso siempre. Hermoso ahora.

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5

You’re a poser if you like boomer music and don’t listen to this

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5

Stunning

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5

This is a classic for me. I love this record.

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Oh Nick. The 2nd of your albums to appear in a couple of weeks ago I won't repeat myself, except I can but wish this poor tortured guy could read what's being said about him know. This is why I'm here. To hear the Nick Drake's of the world, to hear their music for the first time, and most importantly, to know their stories.

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5

This album is beautiful, a really excellent debut album, about as fully formed as it gets. The production is ethereal and atmospheric and gorgeous. Love this record.

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Another classic Nick Drake album generated by the list.

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Good chilled out summer vibes. Fit the mood.

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Very pretty, I liked this

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Pretty strong debut, but Bryter Layter and Pink Moon are better. Closer to a 3.5

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Gorgeous album.

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3.5/5. Very melancholy, good after an emotionally exhaustive day. Not particularly my favorite genre. Standout Tracks: The Thoughts of Mary Jane, Saturday Sun

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1969. Key Songs: River Man, Saturday Son, 'Cello Man

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:(

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This guy is very talented and appears to be very sad. Best track: River Man

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The album was not able to communicate with me. It's calming though. Might be John Mayer's influence.

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I can hear how he went to influence artists like Jose Gonzales, Jack Johnson, Shawn Mullins and basically anyone with an acoustic guitar

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I prefer the stripped back beauty of Pink Moon more, but this is still great.

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Nick Drake is amazing, and this album is the perfect tool to level you during a stressful day.

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Reminds me of Donovan a lot. Nice discovery!

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love Nick Drake! I'm a sucker for that vibe

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Really pleasant listening album

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Very mellow, very cool.

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Pretty good, a nice chill vibe.

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Did music start getting good in 1975?

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nostalgico tranquilito

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Old acoustic guitar rock

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Soothing strumming

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Nice instrumental and singing

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Another banger of an album

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Very good, want to play guitar like this

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River Man!! *****

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Mesmerizing vocals, haunting.

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Nice chill acoustic guitar with a smooth singer Reminds me of Jose Gonzalez or This Empty Northern Hemisphere. Pretty good :)

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Very good. Slow and poignant. Loved River Man

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nick is amazing. it's weird that we kind of almost forgot about him, and then he reappeared and now people know his work again.

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Very soft and beautiful. Some songs reminded me of renaissance festivals or role-playing games. DH felt it reminded him of Dispatch.

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a really nice, melancholy album. Three hours is one of my favorite tracks. The popular tracks were River Man, Saturday Sun, and Cello Song.

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super calming music

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I had to run an errand last night so found myself driving around in the dark while listening to this and it was quite a nice experience. The moon wasn’t pink, but still… nice experience.

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Avslappende. Har en melankoli som i alle av Drakes album, men også en optimisme som mangler i hans senere utgivelser. Gitarspillingen som Drake er kjent for blir satt litt i baksetet til tider, men det går helt fint.

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How have I never heard this album until now? It's so good! It's like if John Denver focused less on mountains.

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This album is a delight. I'm surprised I hadn't heard of Drake's work but it's folky and mournful. He sounds like a Young Eddie Vedder, perfect for a rainy afternoon. Wistful and gorgeous.

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Nick Drake was Jack Johnson before Jack Johnson...

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Pleasant

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Tres bon folk 4.0 je vais reecouter!

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This beautifully melancholic record grows on you. The Way to blue is mournful but lovely and River man is Drake at his best. If you're in the mood for chill folky music you can't go wrong with this record.

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7

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I wish I had listened to this album before his final one. I think it would have made me appreciate it more and give it a higher rating. This album is so good. I’ve listened to it twice already and while some of the songs I could take or leave, the album as a whole is very strong. I love the peacefulness of the songs and the way it plays nicely in the background. Even this album feels very minimal. There are only a few more instruments in this vs Pink Moon. As I listened to this album I just kept thinking, who is this Nick Drake and why did I never hear about him before this list. My favorite song was ‘Cello Song. I also really like the album cover because I feel like that was a happy moment for Nick before things started going downhill and he was like “hey get a shot of me, I’m feeling this attic”.

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Melhor música : Day is Done

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Pues chido. Si me gustó el toque melancólico mood killer de domingo por la tarde. Sobre todo me gustó la guitarra en Three Hours, suena bien dark. Y cello song también está padre. Mood: recibiendo la eutanasia como una bendición.

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he'e been the discovery of the generator for me

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Very good. Chill. Pretty good soundtrack for packing up in Omaha.

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Great for a melancholy mood. Cello Song is probably my favorite on the album. Pink Moon may still be my favorite Nick Drake album though. This one still good.

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Je moet er wel voor in de stemming zijn, maar dan is het ook wel een van de mooiste albums die ken.

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Beautifully crafted songs. Brings to mind Cohen and one of my favorite contemporary artists, Michael Head.

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Beautiful - I have heard bits and pieces of Nick Drake but never gone through an entire album - so nice to have this in my world now..will def be going back - such a smooth and soothing voice, and simple but effective arrangement

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I bought this CD, in a plastic cover with no booklet, from an old head - I forget his name - in Kuzmas on Main Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, some time in the mid-90s, I think for R5. He sold it to buy beer. I'd never heard of Nick Drake, but he assured me it was good. I decided to take a chance; he was right.

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Very chill, good easy listening

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Выкупаю, конечно, что всё дохуя грамотно и продуманно, на века пилилось. Слушается на одном дыхании и весьма приятно. Но в этом стремлении к цельности, единообразию будто сглажено всё то, за что ухо зацепиться может. Ни один трек не запоминается, ни один мотив не хочется напевать, несмотря на их лаконичность и мелодичность. Музыка, которую почти не замечаешь. Забыл вырубить плеер во время половой ебли, так и прокрутился, будто нет. Но всё же это - хорошая музыка, которой не замечаешь. Может, складно подойдёт для фона при работе с текстом, на что раньше годился лишь Fear Inoculum там.

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Ндаа, это конечно не Коэн... И не Кейв... И не Федоров. Тоже ничего, конечно, но... не Федоров. По сабжу — годнота, первая и последняя песня какой-то праздной хуйней показались и в целом не зашли, но всё остальное очень балдежно, особенно наиболее зловещие и диссонансные песни. Между подходами прогнал Song of Love and Hate ещё разок, и на контрасте всё-таки Дрейк немного Бардижем показался. Но в целом одобряем всецело, 8/10

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The humble beginnings of Nick Drakes three album run and it was a gentle album with light instrumentals.

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Enjoyed it, arrangements seemed a bit sparse at times though

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Ova legenda je moj čovjek jeseni. Ne prođe jesen, a da ne pustim bar jedan od njegova tri albuma. Prošle godine je najviše bio Bryter Layter, a sada evo u proljetno doba vjerujem da neće toliko ostaviti trag kao što ostavi u jesen poput Fleet Foxesa, ali svakako ne bi trebalo utjecati na rejting. Al paz ovo, u šumi si ili svom dvorištu sa pogledom na mali potočić, sunce prolazi kroz krošnje, lišće je šareno, vrijeme oko 15tak °C, svježiji zrak, a svejedno dovoljno da budeš u trenerci, slušaš ovaj album i uživaš u zlatnom satu godišnjeg doba.

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Man, those chord changes. I like this album for a lot of reasons, but especially those chord changes.

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Nice and mellow

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One that I’m aware of - cello song being a classic. Lots of influence here on other artists which is fun

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very nice relaxing album

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More ornate than Pink Moon which was all I knew before, but still well crafted

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Somber, mostly eerie to me, since I've never really listened to folk before. I think my favorite tracks to listen to were Three Hours, Day is Done

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I liked this one quite a bit. Vocals are solid, and the instrumentation is quite good. Big fan.

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Very Melancholic and the lyrics are vaguely depressing. The tone is relatively the same throughout which is a drawback but the composition and instrumentals are great. 7.9/10

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This is actually rather listenable

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Very mellow. Great for a rainy day.

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He has such a great sound. Want to listen again.

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Really enjoyed this one - felt very melancholy.

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I enjoyed this album. Hard to believe it was from 1969. It felt much more modern.

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melodic and relaxing vibes with some soft and pleasant instrumentation. kind of reminds me of iron & wine

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Great album for guitar. Didn't love it at first but it grew on me.

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Smooth acoustic folk. Mellow.

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I like Nick Drake’s guitar playing style. I dig his voice. Three Hours might be my favorite song on this album. Man In A Shed is nice little jazzy lounge number. Way to Blue could go. It uses strings only I think. And this track is where I realized I’m attracted to the finger picking folk guitar on many of the other songs.

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