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Pink Moon

Nick Drake

1972

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Pink Moon

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5

I actually had to listen to this album twice. The first time, I was doing stuff and it mostly just felt like generic 70s singer-songwriter stuff. But I could tell that I was missing something so I gave it another listen in the afternoon and yeah, the songwriting is really deep. The album is simple. It's just a single vocal and a single guitar. The focus is entirely on the songwriting which is quite good. It's dark and depressing. But very very good.

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5

The sparse arrangements really let his melodic genius shine through. Truly the master of melancholic understatement.

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“Pink Moon” by Nick Drake (1972) First time listening. An hour’s worth of music in a 28-minute recording. That is, 28 minutes listening and 32 minutes thinking about what I just heard. Musically spare, simple melodies, and gentle folk/jazz chord progressions. Virtually no backing instruments, and hardly any need for mixing, but some of the finest recording of accompanying acoustic guitar I’ve ever heard. Vocals are airy, weak, and withdrawn, with clipped phrase endings, a likely accommodation to limited control. But this underperformance is fitting for each song. This is not entertainment. Drake is putting his world on tape, inviting us in, take it or leave it. Very pleasant, resonant, and clean acoustic guitar, with some stumbles and drops in tempo, but otherwise very well played. Objectionable fret buzzing on “Know” (which cries out for backing instrumentals), but otherwise first rate. The poetry in the lyrics is generally of good quality, but it’s tragically underdeveloped (exceptions: “Things Behind the Sun” and “Parasite”). Drake successfully evokes a symbolic image, points the listener in a certain direction, but then leaves him/her hanging. Maybe that’s where he wants us. This album is a fine example of how very good music can be lost to culture, because business interests fail at “promotion”. A sad reflection on the music industry (an oxymoron if there ever was one). Almost a “five”. 4/5

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5

Beautiful music we all get to hear, seemingly made whether anyone was listening or not--and that's an uncommon thing. A late-career masterpiece with the intuitive confidence of a stellar debut. It's just a pity he didn't stick around to see how much everybody loved it.

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5

The most beautiful 28 minutes ever recorded.

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5

I know it's ironic, considering what a troubled, tragic soul Nick Drake was, but this album has been a source of great comfort to me for years. Each song is a gentle lullaby, and if you ever need a soundtrack for a crisp autumn walk, this is it. That said, it's also perfect year round.

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5

Buzzy, pleasant guitar sounds, delightful to listen to in the sunlight.

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5

I don't think a more intimate, tragic and emotional album has ever been recorded. Nick Drake takes us deep into his mind, as implied by the album art, it's dark, full of dichotomies and internal struggles. We experience his memories, desires, and self-hatred. The mixing of this album give the feeling of closeness, a similar feeling to as if you were in the room with him. His voice is mixed in a way that it sounds close and personal, the guitar perfectly balances this, and we have nothing else in these songs to get between you and Nick Drake. Despite the music being raw and simple in concept, the implementation is masterful. The melodies are gorgeous and they hit you like a truck, no gimmicks needed, this is accomplished purely by powerful songs played on a guitar. Throughout this abum we walk on a tightrope of strength and fragileness, volitility and apathy, love and hate, a picture of beauty painted by a true artist. Favorite track: Place to Be

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5

Ooh, this is right up my alley – acoustic, singer-songwriter! I really liked this one and would definitely look up more from this artist.

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5

Subdued soft almost folk rock, chill vibes Music sounds vaguely familiar. Especially the humming in "Know" but can't quite grasp where I know this from. Maybe it's been sampled, used, adapted, etc into many other pieces of music. The album overall feels haunting, yet warming. I can imagine sitting in a cottage, by a fire, in a nice comfy chair, looking out a window while rain lashes down. Hot chocolate and a dog by my side. Makes me think of an old book, where the pages have yellowed a bit and smell vaguely smokey, that old book smell. Not in a bad way at all, comforting. Familiar.

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5

I recognize this album distinctly, from a time when I'm pretty sure Andrew and/or Alden recommended it to me. I listened to it then, wasn't really impressed, and don't remember it at all. It's been in my itunes library since, untouched. It's an album I see a lot on people's "favorite albums" collages (including Alden I believe). I tend to bristle when I see the same albums being heralded over and over as "masterpieces," so I was nervous to hear this again. But now, wow. I'm so into this. I love how sparse and melancholy it is. There's a great deal of pain here, but also really impressive guitar-playing and great melodies. It reminds me a lot of Adrianne Lenker's Songs album (one of my favorites of 2020) that featured only vocals and guitar. As much as I love elaborate, fun production, there's something unbeatable about the purity of a singer/songwriter on a guitar. This was recorded in just two days?? And Nick Drake was only 23 years old??? There's more Nick Drake lore I need to dig into, as this was his last album before he died, but man, this is incredible. I've been wondering to myself if it would be possible for me to give a five-star rating to an album I didn't already know. While I may have heard this before, today feels like a first listen, and I'm honestly floored. This may be my favorite album we've had on the list so far. Favorite tracks: Kind of pointless since the whole thing is so good and cohesive, but Road, Place to Be, and Things Behind the Sun really grabbed me. Album art: Really, really love this one. I'm not sure it's iconic--not sure if the general population would recognize this one. But I've seen it so many times over the years and it's seared in my brain. Some sort of really depressing hybrid of Dali and Lewis Carroll. It's super cool. 5/5

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5

Amazing, beautiful voice, great guitar. Feels small, intimate, open. Also dark, sad and melancholy.

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5

Before I started listening to this, I had had it confused with Nick Cave. Needless to say, I was surprised once the record started spinning. Sad, mournful, soulful. I love his warm guitar sound and angelic voice. I am sorry that he was in so much pain, but I am glad that something beautiful could come out of it.

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5

wow

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5

Great album! After the second listen it really grew on me. What a great songwriter and guitarist/singer.

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5

Bleak and sparse, sad and melancholy. An achingly beautiful album. The more I listen to it, the more I'm drawn in and the more I can't help but love it . Make no mistake, this is a masterpiece.

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5

Nick Drake is often referred to as a folk artist, but he is a folk artist the way that Joni Mitchell is a folk artist, which is to say, not so much. Baroque acoustic pop comes much closer. His melodies and arrangement have a lulling quality. The way he often uses a pedal point contributes to a droning quality (this is a natural consequence of the non-standard tunings he uses). He also uses intricate, repetitive rhythms in his arrangements to trance-like effect. His melodies are unusual in that they aren't what the songs are built around; instead, they are woven into and are almost an extension of the arrangements. The final element is Drake's voice itself, which is intimate and confessional, insinuating instead of demanding attention. (I've ignored the lyrics, which I know are a huge part of Nick Drake's appeal.) The music on Pink Moon doesn't smack you over the head--it seeps into your consciousness. Unless you reject it outright, it irresistibly lulls you into its rhythms--in that sense, it's the ultimate mood music. It almost feels unfair to evaluate this music in terms of quality--it just is. But I can say that Nick is a competent guitarist, pianist, and arranger, and his singing is perfect for his music. I could complain that not one of the songs on Pink Moon stuck in my head, but that's almost besides the point. What matters here is atmosphere and mood, not earworm choruses. In fact, for what Nick Drake was going for, it's hard to imagine how you could improve on Pink Moon.

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5

This album came from a guy who killed himself 2 years after recording it. You are listening to a guy who looked around and despised capitalism and comercialisation, so maybe this album wasn't intended to be heard. And if you did, that's awesome, and an incredible line of events that led you to this moment, listening to a record some guy made 60 years ago in two nights just for himself.

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5

The subtle imperfections of his perfect guitar playing gives the record soul and structure that makes the addition of any other instruments superfluous. His ability to create a soundscape with one instrument is raw talent.

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5

A sad, beautiful album. Like Nick's life it's all too short at just 31 minutes bit with enough emotional impact to fill most box sets. Each song has a restrained beauty and the guitar playing is achingly gorgeous. 5 big 🌟

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I liked it. It's felt familiar yet unique. I kept thinking of Iron & Wine, Elliot Smith, and Jose Gonzalez. Not super into them but I've also appreciated their works. Loved the melachonic vibe but I didnt catch a lot of the lyrics. I had it on as background music so I didnt get a true impression but from what I heard I liked.

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4

Listening to the first couple of tracks, I was quickly drawn in by the hauntingly spare sound, honest lyrics and atypical tunings. Surprised that I hadn't heard of Nick Drake before, I looked him up. What a tragic story of a great talent underappreciated in his time and taken far too soon. I can hear influences of Cat Stevens and Van Morrison in his work, and can hear how his sound may have influenced a whole host of singer/songwriters that followed him. Some of the songs are a little bleak (understandably), but others feel hopeful and celebratory of our (pained) existence. The musicianship is mostly very strong, with his reedy voice well-suited for introspection. I will definitely listen to him more and will seek out his other work. How sad that there is so little of it.

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4

I really enjoyed this one! The whole album is great and feels complete despite its short length. The production and arrangements could not be simpler with most songs just featuring an acoustic guitar and vocals; however, this is not a drawback as it feels more intimate and timeless because of this stylistic choice. With this type of approach to a recording, my enjoyment of the songs typically rely on how much I can tolerate the artist's voice, and I feel that Nick Drake did a fantastic job enhancing his dark lyrics with his strong vocal performance. This is definitely one I will throw on again in the future (feels like a nice winter or rainy day album), and I can see myself diving deeper into Drake's catalog after this (I am surprised I have never heard of him). 4/5. NOTE: I was shocked to find out that he died only a couple of years after this album at the young age of 26 (!). After knowing this, it does feel like I am listening to a lost soul through his creation which makes it a bit more tragic. I am happy he left such a great impression before leaving this world with this beautiful set of tracks.

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Maybe I should have expected it, but I was surprised to find an artist on this definitive list that I hadn't even heard of before. I was going to post a brief note about how this was a nice acoustic album, and how it reminded me of Junip without drums a little bit, and how it would have been better with drums. But after this brief, 28 minute collection of very minimalist songs was done, I was curious to learn more about this artist I had never heard of, and so I got to learn about the sad, short life of Nick Drake. His story was a lot like Van Gogh's: an artist suffering from significant mental illness and unappreciated during his own lifetime. I wish he could have gotten the help that he needed to have a better life. Nick received a great deal more recognition as the years went on after his passing, and many famous musicians consider him to be an important influence to them, so it definitely makes sense in hindsight to find him here. My personal enjoyment: 3/5 Did it belong on this list: 4.5/5

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i'm sad. makes me feel lonely, which is probably a testament to drake's skill

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5

One of the best ever made

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5

I fucking love Nick Drake. 9/10

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5

Should’ve listened to this earlier than just now, but it did not disappoint. So good

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5

Excellent album. It is uplifting, but sad at the same time. Nick Drake has a great voice.

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5

Not a new album to me. Amazing guitar playing and singing. Perfect for a drive or a Sunday morning with coffee.

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5

One of my favorite folk / singer-songwriter albums. Even with a few not so great songs, overall the album is amazing.

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5

A classic, perfect winter afternoon listening

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5

Seeee

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5

Love pink moon. Need to listen again w lyrics

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5

And so it came to pass, the moon was pink and all was well. Nick Nick Nick Nick Nick, Nick Nick Drake.

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5

Perfect just for the first song, the title track.

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5

Better than I remember. Already own.

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5

İt's good but nothing more

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5

Veeery good and hippie

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5

Me ha gustado mucho.

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5

always a great album

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5

Every song I expected John Denver to belt out the next lyrics. But was not disappointed by the relaxing flow of vocals from Drake. I can’t list a tract I didn’t like. Especially since the album cover confused me completely. Acoustic guitar was so good. The lyrics very deep. When he sang Place To Be, I imaged the colors greener than a hill and palest blues . So wild how he brought those images to my mind. It was sad to read he was battling depression, because his talent was so maximal for a minimalist production. I respect a musician who does all his own writing ,playing and singing. Great album .

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5

yesssss more sad mellow tunez

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De naam Nick Drake altijd onbewust geassocieerd met de rapper Drake, dus nooit echt veel aandacht voor gehad. Maar dat is nu voorgoed verleden tijd. Meteen al zijn andere albums opgezet. Ik ben fan!

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5

This is my second-favorite Nick Drake album, behind Five Leaves Left. However, I think Pink Moon is his most cohesive and well-executed. It seems like he had finally found his sound, which didn't need cellos and trumpets and violins to express the melancholic ache of his soul. I don't doubt that Drake felt most himself and most inspired when alone with some weirdly-tuned guitar. Every song on this album seems like the result of hours spent in a room with the curtains drawn, keeping the noise down so as not to disturb anyone in the house. Obviously, this was recorded in a studio, but it doesn't come off that way. Listening to this record, it makes sense why Drake didn't bother performing these songs on stage. Lyrically and musically, I don't think the message would have translated in some smoky London folk club. This is the music of solitude, and Drake invites each of us to partake in being alone with him. In this way, Pink Moon is the standard and pioneering work of emotionally confessional folk music. And all of this doesn't even speak to the immense achievement that Pink Moon is in terms of musicality, as Drake displays a mastery of odd time signatures, chordal variation, and melody. My two favorite songs on this album are "Place to Be" and "From the Morning", but all of the others are equally fantastic.

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5

It was amazing. I didn't know him before, so it was a completely different thing for me. The songs are chill, relaxed and the lyrics can warm every heart. (Also, the album cover is very pretty, look at the colors!)

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5

I'd heard of Nick Drake for about 15 years now, but somehow never got around to listening. Overwhelmingly emotional album... not really my typical genre, but it left quite the mark.

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5

Great album own on vinyl

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5

Just puts me in a great headspace...Sounds like laying in a meadow on a cloudy day.

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5

I dig me some Nick Drake. I often play him when I’m super stressed—mellows me out. Also has some nostalgia for me of my days in Los Angeles.

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5

This album is amazing each song is very interesting and enjoyable how short it is and I thought that how simple the songs are really added to the music. It's so crazy to me that this album sold less than 5,000 copies. My only complaint the songs kinda sound the same but only just a little bit. love this album 9/10 closer to a 10 than a 9

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5

Pink Moon made me and a bunch of other people want a Volkswagen. Nick Drake made me want to explore folk music. His soft spoken voice and the fret buzz of his acoustic guitar conveys an understated sense of being and its perfect. This album taps into something beneath the surface and it all comes out. If Gustavo Sataolalla, Alexi Murdoch are are able paint pictures with their music, Nick Drake is able to make you feel it. I hear Gustavo in Horn and Alexi in Which Will and so many other songs. There can't be any musicians who've heard Pink Moon and been unaffected. This album and the whole Nick Drake story gets me emotional. An artist that kills himself after releasing two albums to lackluster reviews and thirty years its discovered by the world because of advertising. Unattainable desire. To become famous, to own and possess things you don't need. It’s difficult to point to anything good that’s come out of marketing since it’s inception. Pink Moon and Nick Drake may be the one thing.

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5

A lot of my favorite albums are complex and layered. What's so impressive about Nick Drake's albums is that he achieves so many of those same feelings with a much more minimal set of ingredients. That's not say this is simple music, just that he makes everything count. The album kind of pulls you in slowly before it hits you with the feels with "Which Will" and "Things Behind the Sun". I could do without "Know", but overall this album is a great experience.

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5

Fantastic album. Had been a decade or so since I had last heard it.

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5

This album is great. Dark, melancholy, beautiful. Reminds me a lot of Mark Lanegan's solo work (and come to think about it, I think Nick Drake was mentioned as an influence in Lanegan's autobiography).

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5

So delicate and ephemeral. It’s magic.

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5

depressing

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5

All of it is 💯

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5

One of my all-time favorites

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5

🥶🥦🌳⏳

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5

Drugi i zapewne ostatni na liscie album pana Nicka Drake, ostatni takze w jego dyskografii, bo byla to ostatnia to ostatnia plyta ktora udalo mu sie nagrac przed smiercia, material z roku 72 w swojej formie jest jeszcze bardziej minimalistyczny, surowy, ale takze przez to bardziej autentyczny niz poprzedni Bryter Layter, bo glownym i jedynym instrumentem, poza wystepujacymi na otwierajacym pink moon klawiszami, jest akustyk, o ktorym juz pisalem w ramach poprzedniej plyty, tutaj jest on jeszcze bardziej wyeksponowany przez granie solowe jeszcze wyrazniej czuc unikalna technike gry Nicka, ciekawym faktem jest takze to, ze zarowno gitara jak i wokal nagrywane byly na jednym traku, wiec jedynym overdubem plyty sa wspomniane klawisze na pink moonie, co daje ultimejtowy folk feeling czlowieka wylewajacego z siebie co mu lezy na sercu prosto na instrument, prawdziwa rzadkosc wsrod nagrywanej muzyki, a co mogl wylewac z siebie pan Drake, ktory cala swoja krotka kariere zmagal sie z depresja i szukaniem sukcesu w muzyce, co bezposrednio przelozylo sie na tematyke ostatniej plyty, ale na tym materiale slychac juz jakby pogodzenie z stanem w jakim jest jego kariera i podejscie do sprawy z troche wyzszej perspektywy, szczere teksty 24 letniego staruszka przez ktore przemawiaja przewijajace sie metafory cial niebieskich, por dnia, kolorow ciezkie do jednoznacznej interpretacji to wlasnie chleb powszedni plyty, bo czym moze byc tytulowy pink moon, po rozwiazaniu zagadki tego pytania plyta calkowicie zmienia swoj klucz, calosc zostala nagrana zaledwie w dwoch nocnych sesjach, pomimo tego, ze jest to tylko 11 kawalkow na 28 minutach materialu nie zmienia tego, ze jest to jeden z ulubionych krazkow w mojej biblioteczce do ktorego lubie wracac, na plejke nie bede nic dodawal, bo i tak juz album jest w spotifajowej kolekcji, kolejny przesluch i kolejne pytania, jak czlowiek sukcesu moze skonczyc tak nieszczesliwie, czy brak sukcesu jest az tak dotkliwszy dla kogos na sukcesie wychowanym niz dla czlowieka juz dawno przegranego, kiedy pogon za sukcesem staje sie pulapka w ktora czlowiek sam sie zapedza, to tylko niektore z pytan ktore mozna sobie postawic po takim seansiku, nie jest to album ktory spodoba sie kazdemu, jeszcze mniej ludzi go zrozumie, ale jest to cos naprawde wyjatkowego zapisanego na tasmie

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5

Genius. Amazing songs

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5

Beautiful album. This is why I use this website, so I can come across music like this that I hadn't otherwise heard of

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5

Как буд-то в гости к другу сходил

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5

Loved it! John Denver meets Pink Floyd? Unique singer/songwriter experience.

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5

What a great reminder on how much I love this album.

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5

Великий альбом

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5

Very good acoustic album

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5

Soundtrack of my teens. Nick Drake is morphine for the ears

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5

This is pretty great. Introspective. I’d listened to Nick Drake a while back, but never to entire albums. Enjoyable.

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5

A good friend gifted me this album with no context in a time I needed it most. Beautiful. 5 stars.

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5

Classic album!

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5

Folksy, relaxing, excellent choice for a morning coffee / tea. First time listen will listen again for sure.

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5

Nickkkkkk 😭

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5

Kbir. Classic.

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5

hekk ahjar

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5

This album is beautiful, simple and magical. It feels so intimate and really makes you think about the true emotional power of music. I'm a huge fan.

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5

have loved this one for a long time

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5

Better than Drizzy

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5

First time Iv heard of Nick Drake. Wow so simple so intimate and emotional, brilliant. I can see this becoming a go to album for me.

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5

Authentic tenderness accompanied with varied and interesting fingerpicking guitar

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5

Ég er venjulega hrifnari af flóknari útsetningum, en þetta er æðsileg plata. Melankólísk en um leið ljúf.

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5

I love this album! Wonderful, relaxing, beautiful, haunting.

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5

Not much of my vibe, but good!

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5

Dick nrake

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5

I saw it written and I saw it say Pink moon is on its way And none of you stand so tall Pink moon gonna get you all

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5

As someone who has battled with depression on and off for most of my life, Nick Drake is one artist who I decided to avoid. His death was such a tragedy and the fact that his music was largely unsung during his lifetime is such a shame. So when I played this yesterday, I was expecting to come away crying like I do when I listen to Elliot Smith but instead I was struck by how beautiful Pink Moon, and what a lose it is to me that I had never given it a proper listen before. Contrary to my preconceptions this is a joyous album. I played it this morning on our lounge room speakers unsure if it was the right soundtrack to a restless Saturday morning. My wife said she enjoyed it and that it wasn't what she was expecting either. My daughter, just said, "this is really nice, I like this music". They both have great taste.

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5

Utterly brilliant. I remember exactly where I was when I first heard Nick Drake: Gatwick Airport HMV. I went straight to the counter and said 'Who's this, it sounds a bit like John Martyn?' The sales assistant said 'It's Nick Drake, he was a friend of John Martyn'. I bought the album and I've been a fan ever since. This is his masterwork. 6 stars.

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5

Just beautiful. There's nothing more I need say.

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5

This is cool, ambient and original sounding music. You can listen to it absorb the lyrics, or have it on the background - it works both ways. A thoughtful, intelligent musician with his own sound. I can see why this belongs in the 1001 albums….

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5

Mycket charmigt! Tycker att jag kan höra jose gonzales.

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5

Älskar

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5

Kanon, vintage Gonzales

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5

Beguilingly strong. My favourite of the three albums.

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5

Loved this album since college. Simply amazing and ahead of it's time. RIP Nick. Thanks for leaving us this amazingly haunting music

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5

One of the best finds from 1001

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5

Timeless, transcendent, beautiful, and heartbreaking

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Svårt, svårt, svårt. Vad ska det bli? En fyra eller en femma? Äsch det får bli en femma, gillar nästan alla låtar förutom Harvest Breed och så är det ju under 30 minuter vilket man älskar.

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5

Super interesting. Amazing atmosphere he creates by just using an acoustic guitar and his voice.

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5

Brilliant musician who died way too young. I've owned all his albums since they were released and he is in the first rank.

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5

Música para ouvir e relaxar

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I don't think I know Nick Drake, but the album cover isn't promising. Oh wait, the opening notes of the opening/title track are immediately familiar, so I guess I do. Pink Moon is a great song, though up until now I never knew what he was saying. It just sounds great. And the songs keep coming, sounding great, sad but great. This is a beautiful album. I can't believe it is from 1972. It sounds timeless. I'm glad I listened and will again. Absolutely belongs on this list. Favorites: Pink Moon, Place to Be, Horn, From the Morning. Also all the other songs.

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5

Very cool singer/songwriter style stuff. Love it. Will check out more.

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5

Nick Drake is absolutely captivating. His voice commands attention and his songwriting is wistful, melancholic, and deeply moving. His short career, lack of a public persona, and tragically short life lend an air of mystery to him. He was not appreciated in this time but has ascended to the upper echelons of British folk. I’ve been listening to him for quite a while now and he still sounds as crisp and relevant as ever.

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5

I really like this: good, solid folk music. No complaints. Also, as someone who has tried to play Nick Drake on guitar, this shit is really difficult and he is a master of the instrument, though it sounds deceptively simple.

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5

Un disque qui me fascine depuis toujours. Un son, une personnalité uniques. Quel sens de l'intimité. La carrière de Nick Drake n'a jamais décollé de son vivant, mais son influence est évidente aujourd'hui. Incontournable, je lance un max d'étoiles.

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4

Soothing Acoustic Folk

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4

absolutely haunting and beautiful, 8.5/10

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4

Good but not my cup of tea

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4

An album I can fall asleep with, in a good way

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4

Very cool acoustic singer-songwriter style album. Kinda reminds me if Jack Johnson played more interesting licks.

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4

Great listen. Really liked the vibe.

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Enjoyed it, gave me heavy Johny Meyer vibes. Favorite songs pink moon and Free Ride. Love the acoustic and somewhat dreary mood of the project. Will revisit when I'm looking for something more laid back, 6/8.

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bien posé et agréable à écouter

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Nice guitar playing, but didn't care for the words/voice. Might have to listen again

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I like Nick Drake.

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Really good folk rock. Surprised I enjoyed it. Never knew about Drake but I can see how he would be influential. You can hear the struggles in his lyrics.

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Short soft beautiful

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Super chill. Voice reminds me of a friends band from university (in a good way).

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Adoro esse CD, só voz e violão, belos acordes, dedilhados complexos.

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A great, calming album. Drake is interesting because I wouldn't call this straight folk, but that's really what it is.

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Incredible. Sounds like something that would be released today.

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Put in mind of my first encounters with Nick Drake, I think my brother introduced me, but we didn't talk much about it and the internet still being fairly nascent in the late 90s, I just walked around in my ignorance. I heard something from this album playing in a shop and me filmed it to a girl working there, and she said something about how sad it was, which is how I learned he wasn't around anymore. I haven't listened to it in a while, and I'm surprised by how brief this album, and and most of the songs, are. Under the spell of the phrasing of Things Behind the Sun, I wrote this: https://songsofdays.blogspot.com/2007/05/163-92098-her-majestys-fools-fibonacci.html

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Beautiful, easy listening before bed, I have listened to Nick Drake before but not the full album.

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I didn't actually listen to this today, but I have many times in the past, including once very recently. A lovely winter album.

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Really good. Sad life

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Heerlijk rustig gitaar geplokkel

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Nick Drake keeps his shirt on in the pool

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Amazing album. Beautiful, mellow and tragic. 4 stars.

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Much more enjoyable than my last Nick Drake experience. Pink Moon is amazing and the remaining tracks are a bit more engaging, memorable, and though not "pop hits", are more enjoyable. 

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This album was a welcome surprise and continues the streak of awesome albums that the rng has been giving. It's simple, just a man and his guitar, but damn this was a good album! It's short, but somehow the perfect length, and the songs were lyrically great, and give you a sense that he went into the album, and just played what came to him, and that's what they put out, like with "Know". "Parasite" was definitely my favorite song on the album, and this is one that i'll be listening to again in the future.

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Pathetically, I've loved this album since Garden State.

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Really good! Mellow music that was quite enjoyable.

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Did not remember this artist but I had heard at least one of the songs. I really liked it and it will become part of my rotation. Unique voice, and peaceful guitar.

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What a pleasant surprise! I only knew the first song of the album, didn't know much about the singer. Loved his voice and really enjoyed listening to this album. Nice

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This album slaps pretty damn hard for a sad wee folky number. I like how it's way more downplayed than his other stuff. But it can't hold a candle to Bryter Layter

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A surprisingly good listen. I don't recall ever hearing about Nick Drake. This doesn't sound like an album out of 1972---a lot of these songs are ones that I could hear Scrubs using!

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Short and mellow. Just a voice and a guitar

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:) :)

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Mooie, rustgevende muziek met hier en daar een wat donkere ondertoon

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Oldie, but a goodie.

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Fand ich sehr sehr gut. Singer songwriter Lücke gefüllt

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Sehr schönes, anderes Folk-Album!

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Think of Garden State. That is this type of music. Acoustic, folk

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Smutny folk to moje klimaty.

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A really beautiful melodic folk album. 8.9/10 Best Tracks: "Pink Moon" "Place to Be"

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Very soothing. I listened to it twice. Quite enjoyable

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The opening line of the first song, Pink Moon, sounds like ‘I zaw it written and I zaw it zay.’ Annunciate, bro! Come on! Honestly this really threw me for a loop the first time ‘round. I also thought he might be saying “Zooey written and I Zooey zay” at one point. And I’m like who the hell is Zooey? Then the second song, Place To Be, isn’t that strong, and I was starting to write this album off. But I liked the guitar playing. Was this yet another album with decent music and someone’s voice that knocks it down a star or even ruins it? Turns out no. The first listen I was solidly in the three star camp from a good music, iffy voice perspective. The second listen through had me thinking this is a poor man’s José González. Or that when I’m in the mood for something like this, I’d much rather put James Taylor on. During the third listen of this album, I realized my annunciation and voice hang ups were only on the first two tracks and the rest I liked. All this while appreciating the guitar even more. For instance, I was loving the guitar picking on Which Will. We’ll shit I thought, maybe this is a four star album. On the fourth listen of the album, I turned the lyrics on in AppleMusic and realized he’s saying “I saw it written and I saw it say.” Well now Zooey had revealed herself as a fraud and I got what he’s saying. I like that his tempo fluctuates from time to time. It’s like he lets his mood, in the moment, dictate subtle speed ups or slow downs in a song. Every once in a while it sounds like he misses a beat or skips a note. In the spirit of Bob Ross, I take these as happy little accidents whether they were done on purpose or not. By the fifth time hearing the album, I settled on this being a bourgeois version of the folk singer songwriter genre. Not quite the elitist crust of them all, but a very good representation. It’s going to stay in my library.

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New one! Starts off slow but very wholesome.

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Somber, but quite enjoyable. Feels like the music played in a coming-of-age film with the protagonist looking out the window on a train.

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Nice

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I liked it alot

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chill

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surprisingly nice

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Timeless ...quality

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This album really grew on me upon multiple listens. The haunting vocals and stripped down to the bone production made this album extremely sad to listen to but also very enjoyable. I don’t have a favorite song because I just like the sound of the album in general

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Delicate

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Classic 60s folk from an artist I never heard of before. Good run time and a good flow of songs sticking to the style.

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Beautiful and sad

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Tämä oli miellyttävää taustamusiikkia työnteon taustalle. Tuli mieleen tuoreemmista artisteista Jose Gonzales.

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Silky sound, tremendous vocal register. A superb songwriter and singer.

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I've liked both of the Nick Drake albums (this one being the second) that I've heard, though I don't have a lot to say about them. He's a wonderful songwriter, both simple and subtle in his way 4/5

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When I first saw this album come up, I thought it would be an easy poo-poo-ing. Turns out this album is pure folk music, and the title track is one that I'd heard and rather liked (thanks to the cultural miracle of advertising). The entire album is pleasantly relaxing, and I'd definitely listen again. Easy 4 stars.

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BEST OF GENTLE

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Good

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I really enjoyed this album. But I didn't think there was really any standouts in particular.

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Used to listen to this album a lot in high school/college. Interesting dynamic and backstory to the album, overall the nostalgia for it pushes it to 4/5 stars for me.

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I never listened to Nick Drake before and his voice is really powerful. I really didn't get all the hype for this album, but I'm could see its importance during the last song when I realized that I was fully immersed in his voice. A small piece of immersive art on this list! Great experience!

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And a heavy hitter comes to play. This is arguably one of the top 50 or 10 best albums of forever. Enter with a clear mind and a strong spirit, Nick can get heavy... 28 minutes worth listening to. Fret buzz and same same vocals and all. Really comes home strong.

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It's undeniably lovely, but doesn't move me quite the way his other albums do. Not sure I can put my finger on why exactly... Fave track - "From the Morning"

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Beautiful melancholy.

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Good.

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Rating: 7,4/10 Had no knowledge of the artist before now. The album is so soothing and full of relaxing guitarplay. Will definitely give this more listens.

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Tajjeb. U facli tisimghu ghax qasir.

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All acoustic melancholy chill vibes. I like it way more than it seems like I should.

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Fantastic. Also listened to Talk Talk's Eden; also excellent.

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Keep this album in mind next time I just want something good and mellow.

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Would listen again for chill songs

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The third Nick Drake album! This I feel has the best sound of the three. It has a laser focus on nick's guitar work and his voice. The lyrics are more artistic and the songs in general more expressive. Things Behind The Sun for me is a standout track. Free Ride is another great example of this growth in sonic style.

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Just a damn good singer songwriter album. One of those album that makes you wonder why its not more well known.

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Pink moon, Things behind the sun

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Very bare bones, but very haunting and well made. I think this album was perfect for today, it really struck a nerve with me. Not sure how I might feel about it in a few weeks, months, etc but as of right now I really appreciate it.

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Wonderful album. So underrated

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very good, much better than I expected folk sound.

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Every singer songwriter owe a debt to this album, as beautiful as it is solemn.

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Some great tunes on this, Cool guitar playing, lyrics, Why is it so short 8/10

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Very chill. Excellent for background I didn't even notice when I got back to track 1

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listened to again so warm and lovely

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Think Swoon

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Soothing album. Makes me calm

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Very surprised with how much I liked it. Folksy and emotional. Only 28mins total but impactful!

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Kan va biased för att mamma och pappa lyssnade på Nick Drake när jag var liten men satan vad mysigt det var

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Bra skit

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Dawg this mans voice is fire wtf

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Incredibly pleasant

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great way to wind down on a friday, definite second listen due

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Simple, yet done very well.

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Przyjemny album, gdzie powolne utwory zaśpiewane delikatnym i spokojnym głosem brzmią bardzo dobrze - do tego stopnia, że lecąc w tle potrafią na chwilę oderwać od pracy i przyciągnąć uwagę. Udowadnia, że gitara akustyczna, wokal i akompaniament pianina w zupełności wystarczą, żeby stworzyć naprawdę ponadczasową, melanchonijną opowieść, która w swoim dość depresyjnym wydźwięku jest zaskakująco melodyczna i pozytywna. Jednocześnie chyba najkrótszy z albumów, pozostaje lekki niedosyt i brakuje na nim czegoś większego i cięższego dla przeciwwagi.

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This is a very short and concise album. I’d say it’s instrumentals are very basic but it brings out the singing and lyrics more which is the real component of this album. And this is his best work. 8.0/10

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New favourite hopefully.

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A very pleasant listening experience. I would definitely listen to more of his work.

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I'm not really a folk or acoustic guy, but this really resonated for whatever reason.

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Real chill

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This album is depressing as hell. It works though.

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I tried to listen to this without thinking too much about the Nick Drake backstory. But it runs heavy throughout the album. Which all makes for a compelling listen. The song structures are wonderful. The recording is almost in demo form. Rather than wonder what might have been, I think it's best to appreciate this album as a snapshot of the talent.

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1972. Key Songs: Pink Moon, Road

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A good listen but will be forgetful later

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false

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Pretty good acoustic album. Nice guitar although pretty generic.

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Good, but whole album sounds pretty much the same

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Not bad. I would only listen if in a specific mood

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A man and an acoustic guitar. Cool but I've heard better versions of this type of duet.

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Very chill. Album cover is weird.

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Chill ass music for a rainy day

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It's alright. Songs blend together. 6/10

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Soothing acoustics and breathy singing

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Enjoyable to listen to. Good voice and nice guitar melody. Very melancholy.

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I didn’t know there were any singer songwriters in 1973! I thought that was a new indie thing to get published on iTunes. Well Nick may have been the first of his kind but the album is so quick it’s hard to even say what I like about it. I put it on in the background and the 28 minutes flew by. It was as expected, just a man and his guitar. I even listened through a second time and it still didn't do much for me. I'll take Frank over this fella. The album cover looks like if Dali had been asked to do a rendition of James and the Giant Peach. I didn't hate this album, but I also didn't love it. No songs stuck out to me.

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Soothing album, really makes you want to sit on a rock and read a Robert Frost book while scoffing at people that walk past. But not much variety throughout the album, all the songs are good but sound pretty similar to one another.

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3.6 + Soothing and soulful acoustic folk.

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Better than expected ! 3*

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Nice, simple, sombre. There's beauty in the stripped back, basic delivery of these little songs. Nick Drake has a voice does not carry much though, and perhaps that's the point, but it doesn't impress on me much.

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Guess it’s good enough to serve as quiet background music. But you can’t call me a fan of Drake.

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Nice, pretty, calm music. Good background rainy day tunes.

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Things Behind The Sun Pink Moon Guitar/vocals only. Really good!

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Just okay

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Really lovely acoustic album with some beautiful tracks

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Garden State! This album will be good for days when I feel depressed. It's sound is comforting, but they all sound kinda the same.

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I don't think I'm smart enough for this album. The lyrics are basically poetry and the rhythms go way past standard 4/4. Due to Nick Drake being such a loner, he had no one else playing on this work, but he could have been huge if he could have collaborated with others. It's also why I can't rate it highly. Sure, pink moon is good and technically it is all good, but this is a 3.5 or a 7 out of 10. It just needs more and I don't think he had written his opus before he died. This was just a taste.

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I was familiar with the first track, and surprised how good the rest of the album is.

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Haven't heard of him so excited. Not really my style but was very good music and quite relaxing.

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Very basic album, great for background music when working.

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Enjoyable but nothing standout

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A little bit boring

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I would listen to this on a rainy day, I like his voice but I get bored by the end of the album.

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Very vibey and quiet, lots of acoustic guitar and soft singing

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I've had very little exposure to Nick Drake. (And he to me.) I think the first time I heard him is actually on the Garden State Soundtrack (shoutout to an album that had a big influence on my musical journey - any soundtracks on this list?), and from the start of "Pink Moon" it was immediately familiar because it sounded so much like "One of These Things First" from that album. I enjoy Drake’s style, but I waited until after 9 pm to write this so don’t have much to say about it. Good chill/relaxing background music, though it does get repetitive.

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Very low-key. Would be good for a certain mood, like a chill evening or similar. Overall, not unpleasant, but also nothing really grabbed me or stood out. 6/10.

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New to me and it's an interesting album. An album of honest expression.

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Very cool, very chill album. Good acoustic songwriting and just an enjoyable listen. Didn’t understand most of the lyrics but the tone was wonderful.

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Está chulo pero un poco repetitivo.

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Really like the vibe on this album.

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this is really deep. But looking at the cover art, I thought this would be a rock album and was kind of let down.

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It might be a little harsh but I just didn't love the songs. I remember listening to his first album a few years back and I fell in love with it. This one not so much. I think it lacks the backing instuments

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An interesting album from an artist I'm not familiar with. The acoustic guitar parts are awesome, and I'm generally a big fan of acoustic rock. The guitar parts are incredible and really the main attraction to this album. His singing style however doesn't do too much for me. It's soothing but it doesn't draw me in to listen closer to the lyrics, or make me want to sing along. I think my main issue is that as an album it feels like it lacks variety. Nick Drake has a style, and he sticks to it. But there isn't much change in tempo, or virtually no change in dynamics from one song to the next so as the album goes on, each song blends into the next one. Only the closing song is really significantly faster than previous ones. This makes it a standout for sure, but I with there was more variety throughout. I feel like I'll probably explore the artist a bit more in the future, but I don't see myself listening to him very often. Though I could also see this album growing on me with each listen. I could definitely see myself trying to learn to play some of these guitar parts. I'd give it 3.5* if allowed. But it just falls short of 4 for me. If it was just instrumental, or had a few more songs mixed in that were purely instrumental I might jump it up. Favorite Songs: Horn, Things beyond the sun.

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Not bad. I think I would have liked it better if the lyrics weren't so indiscernible.

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the guitar playing on this is immaculate but i'm not super interested by the vocals. still very relaxing to listen to

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One man and his acoustic guitar.. not bad but not soothing I will listen to again

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There are some aspects of the music that I really like. But in the end it simply isn't enough for me. Not intense enough, not varied enough, not interesting enough, not quite beautiful enough (not too far off either though).

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Lovely, soft, and hypnotic with a very bittersweet melancholy.

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// Favs: – Score: Light 3

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Nice melancholic and slow folk, missing some versatility for a higher rating though

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Nice enough, but not a patch on Five Leaves Left

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A fairly pleasant listen - nothing wild but chill late 70s pop

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Pleasant and I like the sparcity.

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Selvästi vähemmän kiinnostava kokonaisuus kuin aiemmin listalle arvosteltu timanttinen Five Leaves Left. Levyjen tunnelma on hyvin samankaltainen, mutta sävellysten ja sovitusten laatu on Five Leaves Leftillä aivan eri luokkaa. Muutamallakaan kuuntelulla en oikein oppinut nauttimaan tästä, vaikkei levyssä sinänsä mitään vikaa olekaan. Jännittävää miten saman artistin kaksi samantyylistä levyä aiheuttaa näin erilaisentunnereaksion.

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So quite music…

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It was allright, the guitar work was really good. Open tuning was really good. His voice is what didn't make it for me. Tolerable, probably wouldn't listen again. Kind of like a wimpy version of Leo Kotke. Sort of sad bastard music, not a single song that was an earworm for me.

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Short! Depressing. Familiar, but can't pinpoint where I've heard any of the songs.

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His previous album was better, but this one is also OK.

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The single acoustic guitar and lone voice make this a tender and intimate album. It was beautiful and calming, but nothing really stood out to me in it.

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Saw it written and I saw it say Pink moon is on its way And none of it is completely ill or brill, But Pink Moon is chill

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Folk. Cantautor. Suave y agradable.

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Short bites, bittersweet.

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its nice but i didnt love it

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Its nice. 3/5

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This deserves another listen.

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Listened to this album a while back and was really into it. Gave it another chance today and enjoyed it. Didn’t blow me away or anything but definitely something I’ll revisit.

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A warm hug of an album that flashes in and out of existence hardly before it gets started. What makes this short, sweet LP work is the rawness of Drake's vocals and performance - the rasping of guitar strings silhouetted against his dulcet vox makes it feel as you've stumbled upon his performance umprompted.

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I am not truly familiar with Nick Drake, even though I do have WAY TO BLUE - AN INTRODUCTION TO NICK DRAKE, a 1994 compilation which I’ve only listened to a couple of times and found it was not my cup of tea. With PINK MOON, I found Nick Drake with a very strong voice with clean, crisp guitar playing. I like PINK MOON a little better than WAY TO BLUE, however overall, this is still not my cup of tea. I do see the appeal of Nick for people. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, I see and find it interesting that Nick Drake’s full discography is included in the book which includes FIVE LEAVES LEFT (1969) # 0150 and BRYTER LAYTER (1970) # 0191, so I am not sure hiw I feel about listening to these other albums when they appear. Evidently, 1001 Albums think highly of Nick Drake. I don’t expect too much replaying of Nick’s music. Rate Artist: Nick Drake (2.5) Rate Album (Year): Pink Moon (1972 Original) (3)

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3.5 stars I enjoyed this more than the previous Nick Drake album listed. This sounds more contemporary to me and has an alt folk feel.

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Just a guy and a guitar

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It's only here because it sold a few Volkswagons and the depressed artist killed himself at the age of 26. Gains a point for the Dream Academy and Peter Buck influence. Loses a point for the Zach Braff association.

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I like Nick Drake a lot but this is actually my least favourite of his 3 albums

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3, so soothing it makes me type in lowercase

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Slow singer-songwriter guitar work, kind of an even boring pace to start but got more interesting in the deep tracks.

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Better than the other ND we did. Highly listenable, if not necessarily memorable.

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A bit boring, mostly decent. A few songs have impressive guitar / chord arrangement.

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3.5 if I could. A little too sleepy for me in normal circumstances

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pretty

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A bit too acoustic for my taste, but I appreciate the wistful vocals. Happy to hear the original Road which I knew as a track from “Out Freakage” by Drive

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Ok, enjoyed this more than the last Nick Drake recommendation. And its short, actually listened to this twice.

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It is a good album. However, it is too flat, all songs sound the same. I liked it but I completely understand when people fall asleep halfway through the album... and it is just a 28min album...

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Wasn't dissapointing, but there was no standing ovation either. A bunch of calm ballads to fill the void of silence. Minimalistic compositions and a light-hearted voice made an enjoyable combination. A really intimate record, which I might find more appealing played on a cold winter night with a mug of mulled wine.

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I recognise the the album cover, it’s quirky but good. I think I’ve herd of the name before… The album starts off with the title track it’s an okay folk track with an odd chorus. Place to be is slightly better I prefer the guitars on here. Then is road I like both parts if this song lyrically and the fingerpicking is nice. Which will is a good song it is repetitive with every song starting with the same line but it’s alright. Horn is a nice instrumental it fits well on the album but I don’t love it. Things behind the sun is so far the album’s best song! The lyrics are good, so are the lyrics and the vocals are the best so far. Know has some nice guitar work and the humming works well. There’s only a few lyrics and they come on really late so I think it would’ve been a better album opener. Parasite is another favourite of mine on here I like the build up on this song. And the line “ for I am the parasite of this town” has to be a favourite lyric. Like all these songs I like the lyrics and the instrumentals in free ride but I don’t like the way he sings here. Harvest breed felt way too short but I liked it. From the morning is nice it works well as the album’s closer. It’s also a pretty beautiful sendoff. I liked the album but I think that I respected it more than I enjoyed it. The album’s really, I mean really short! But all the songs have some beauty to them, and while I’am not a big fan of his vocals I would rather them then any modern mumble rapper or over produced pop star.

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søtt og sørgelig. Jeg har hørt på dette før. Sangen glir litt sammen - men Absolut behagelig. Funker sikker veldig bra om du f.eks. sitter på en buss og stirrer drømmende ut på landskapet som passeres. det er på en måte soundtracket til en gransking av ens indre gemakker.

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Interesting. I like the album artwork. And the songs were quite soothing to listen to - I wanted to like them a whole lot more, but it just missed the mark. Still, not bad.

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3

Easy listening. Nothing memorable

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Pretty good, Short, sweet and never really felt like I was forcing myself through it.

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folky nonsense, didn't really go anywhere but wasn't totally awful. 2/5.

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folky, simple, tragic story about the artist, interesting they found success from the bands they inspired (the name of The Cure) and a VW commercial years later

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meh

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Meh. It was just a lot of some dude playing wonderwall with his college ID. I'm surprised at how many albums so far have been just meh.

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Too psychedelic for me

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Again. It was just fine. Don’t really get why pink moon has 96M listens but shout out the indie guitarists covering it

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Definitivamente mejor que el anterior

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Un poco mejor que el pesado... Un poco

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Not INSPIRING

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Melodic, yet melancholy. Nick's music is "rainy day" music.

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5.5

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Don't like his voice. I like the music as background music, but it's not my thing.

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Bit dull tbh.

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Not for me. Droany and always on these lists.

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Skip

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The album cover is super trippy and fun! The music was pretty forgettable.

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me ha gustado bastante.

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No conocia al artista. La primera impresión es que tiene una onda Bob Dylan, muy de canciones de protesta post-hippies. Todas las canciones suenan bastante similar. Y el tono de la voz + guitarra un poco te duerme jaja. La cancion "Know" es la mas diferente de todas, suena como una especie de blues folk.

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Ok in background.

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Udmærket, Donovansk, stille, jeff buckley, sing/songwriter, irriterende

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Bit like Jeff Buckley

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I love the guitar work and simple production

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Most interesting thing about this album is the artwork

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Pleasant enough, nice guitar work. A little one note, similar tones of voice through the entire thing. Favorite track: "Place to Be"

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Just a dude mumbling to his guitar. Liked the playing but not really feeling the vocals or the song writing. Probably one of those artists that if you discover them yourself you think they are great, but if someone tells you to listen to them you're not impressed.

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Overall very good album, though i have to say that’s not my type. I di think that every song are too similar and it pertubs me

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Not really my vibe ;/

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Bit boring.

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Very chilled.

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I just have a problem with "Sad Bastard" music. If it doesn't have a strong blues guitar behind the lyrics then it just sounds whiney as shit. It wasn't for me and I could not tell you if it belongs on the list or not.

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02/09/22

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2,5

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It's folk music. I did not care for it. Not sure why this made the list. No need to listen to it.

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2,5; amazing Pink Moon but the rest of the album is just ok

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I think I may need to revisit this one later based on so many others' stellar reviews. It seemed like standard singer-songwriter fare, but probably deserves a second listen.

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чувак с гитаркой.. nice

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Głos mnie nie przekonuje, minimalistyczne melodie też nie. Spać mi się zachciało jedynie, żaden utwór nie zapadł w pamięć, nigdy nie wrócę z własnej woli. Ale też nie słucha się nieprzyjemnie. Idealne na 2.5, za mało na 3

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Ale mi smutno, ola boga. Na gitarce sobie gram, ram pam pam.

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Lirycally uninspiring, musically limited, vocally mediocre, Pink Moon is either an acquired taste or one of the "you had to be there" type albums.

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Not really my cup of tea. Too accoustic and his voice was meh. Lyrics weren't bad.

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Nunca había sentido ganas de aventar mi teléfono por la ventana con tanta fuerza como cuando escuché Parasite.

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nah

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Nope

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Had to abandon halfway through

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boring

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crap

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No ty

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I don’t really ‘get’ this. The songs don’t speak to me and the music doesn’t grab me at all. Sounds like someone practicing guitar and humming along at one point (Know).

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Singing with his eyes shut. Skip.

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Belle +Sebastian vibes. Low-key singer/songwriter. Nice to hum along to.

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me está gustando muchito

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