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Bryter Layter

Nick Drake

1970

Bryter Layter

Album Summary

Bryter Layter is the second studio album by English folk singer-songwriter Nick Drake. Recorded in 1970 and released on 5 March 1971 by Island Records, it would be his last album to feature backing musicians, as his next and final studio album, Pink Moon, would have Drake perform all songs solo.

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Rating

3.5

Votes

5480

Genres

  • Folk
  • Singer Songwriter
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Thu Apr 29 2021
5

Two days in a row I've gotten a Nick Drake album. In fact, I have been given his entire catalog (it's sadly only three albums) in just over a week. I'm not mad about this. If anything, it's solidified the fact that Nick Drake was absolutely one of the greatest songwriters to ever live. This album was my least favorite of the three but it was still amazing. It perfectly expresses Drake's struggles with depression without being dark. It's a perfect picture of depression, honestly. It just IS without being a whole dramatic deal. The production is more involved on this album than on the one before and the one after and that detracts from the power of the songs, in my opinion. It's a testament to how damn good these songs are that the album still receives full marks from me.

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Sat Feb 27 2021
5

I’m aware that Nick Drake felt the sounds of Bryter Layter were too full, but it’s my favorite of his three albums. Pink Moon occupies a sort of singular space for the sounds he was able to create, but this album takes what was truly great about Five Leaves Left and elevates it with compositions that compliment Drake’s forlorn voice and searching lyrics. I love this album. 9.5/10.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

Dude made some of the best folk music ever. RIP

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

I like all three of his albums, but haven't listened for a couple years. I remember the debut one best, which has a '60s folky sound turned melancholy. This one has some more upbeat stuff, but Drake's distinctive vocals give it all an edge of darkness. The music is great, and his lyrics so striking. His voice isn't technically great, but spot-on for the art he created. I can't think of anything I would change, and the album realises Drake's peculiar vision.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
5

Some of these songs sound like the ones on Sesame Street when they were all, "Look, here's some happy penguins." This album is delicious. I love Nick Drake.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
3

Not my favorite flavor of Nick Drake, but useful from a completist perspective.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

Gentle folky music with a bit of a jazzy, funky influence. It sounds like a bit of an odd combo, but it works surprisingly well. The fact that it's so relaxed means that I think it would work well as background music in a coffee shop, but I can't imagine somebody saying "Bryter Layter is my favorite album".

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Sat Dec 11 2021
3

Reading up on this I was surprised that I hadn't previously known of the familiar faces doing backing instrumentals... Good but I think Five Leaves Left and Pink Moon surpass this one.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
2

It was ok. I listened to it yesterday and really cant recall a single thing about it so that should say a lot. I would have remembered if it was bad though.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
2

A depressed man sings 7 in-differentiable sounding melancholic, nostalgic songs (plus 3 instrumentals) while strumming an acoustic guitar to a pretty but generic easy-listening background.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
1

“One of these things” sounded like a collaboration with Dr Suess. But did like Northern Sky. Blake was the one kid in English class that fist pumped when the teacher said”Today is learning poetry day” while the other 25 booed😣

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Wed Jul 13 2022
1

This shit boring. Like coffe shop music but not a Starbucks. like a cofee shop the clientele would go to purely cause it’s not a Starbucks

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Fri Jun 25 2021
5

It's hard to imagine a better set of music in this genre. It isn't exactly my speed, at least at the beginning, but the execution captured me. It's human-scale music that reaches the infinite. The guitar operates as the heartbeat of the album, leaving space for jazzy elements which peak on Fly and Poor Boy.

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Sun Mar 07 2021
5

Pretty cool really like northern sky

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

So perfect for what i needed

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Thu Apr 22 2021
5

In terms of pure folk beauty, the high points on this album are about as good as it gets. Overall, it’s a little inconsistent - but when it hits its peaks - damn.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Beautiful album, and I’d never heard of him before. Short, tragic life. Music that is ahead of his time. Some bossa nova influences

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Sat Feb 20 2021
5

One of my favourite albums that I don’t listen to enough. Every time I do put it on I wonder why that is. Maybe it’s a time and place sort of album? I remember it being one I’d listen to on long bus journeys through South America and it was perfect. Whilst walking through rush hour London, not so much. Anyway, such a rich album of sounds and melodies and his voice is so nice to just sit back and enjoy. A five star album if ever there was one.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
5

Such beautiful melancholy music. Such a talent. So sad what a troubled life he led and how little recognition he received during his lifetime

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

Love this one

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

Great way to start the week.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

These are all gonna be 5 stars

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Thu Feb 18 2021
5

love it

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

YAY YAY YAY

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Sat May 22 2021
5

First time listening Nick Drake. Very calming album. I am sad he didn’t get the recognition he deserved when he was alive. I will definitely listen his another albums and put my favorites on my playlists.

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Wed May 26 2021
5

Love the delicate and intricate instrumentation. (That acoustic guitar!👌🏽🤤) Nick Drakes vocals blend well with this style of music, but could be lacking in emotion/power? That flute goes hard on the title track Bryter Layter. The sax hits on Poor Boy. Northern sky is simply a wonderful track. Great album with a mysterious somber vibe.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
5

Soft and smooth without being uninteresting. Great album, completely new to me

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Thu Jul 29 2021
5

5/5 - Excellent; Like a fore runner to James Taylor but more experimental; loved it

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Wed Aug 18 2021
5

This is really good. Great production. At first I didn't know about his singing style, but with the lush instrumentals and the vivid imagery in the lyrics, it all spins together into a really memorable experience.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
5

Out of his 3 albums. This albums the most well rounded. Containing an actual backing band rather than Drake himself plus Orchestra/Drake just playing guitar (in reference to his debut and last album respectively).

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Tue Aug 31 2021
5

3 albums now 50yrs old. Each one mind blowing. An ephemeral talent never seen before or since.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
5

Такой приятный альбом! Казалось, что я слушаю саундтрек своего дня, наслаждаюсь переливами мелодий и инструментов. Очень интересно было прочитать про жизнь этого исполнителя. Чудесная музыка.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
5

Это лучшее, что я слышала за долгое время

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Tue Sep 21 2021
5

Heart-wrenchingly beautiful.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
5

A classic Nick Drake album - it is perfect, goes beyond English Folk and clearly belongs to this list.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

Lovely, chilled out shops and bars

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

it was fine.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

Pretty pretty

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Wed Oct 13 2021
5

One of my absolute favourite albums. Near perfect.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
5

A truly beautiful album that I will return to & listen to many times. Northern Sky, Poor Boy & Hazy Jane are all outstanding

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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

This is hitting me just right. His voice is so sincere, so calming with tinges of melancholy, but a great sense of beauty and hope.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
5

Sublime. Sadly under-appreciated during his life.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
5

Nick drake is one of the all time greats

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Sat Nov 13 2021
5

Absolutely beautiful album. I don't know what else to say. This has definitely been my favorite album so far.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

Very chill and upbeat vibe.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

Lots of great sounds. Great integration of different musical styles into something original. Surprised it was made in 1978!

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Wed Dec 29 2021
5

Nearly perfect. Nick's hardest rocking album but still poignant and lyrical and beautiful. 5 🌟

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Sat Jan 08 2022
5

What a beautiful album. I love the arrangements, the way saxophone pops up in "at the chime of a city clock", the piano in "Poor Boy", the decision to start and end with an instrumental track. It all adds another dimension to his voice and song writing.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

Mellow, folky, full of horns. Great Sunday morning album.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

Wow. Loved this. Obvious comparisons with Belle & Sebastian, but wished I’d found this a long time ago. Play on repeat!

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

I love his style, I’m a sucker for guitar, voice is very smooth. Perfectly executed. If this isn’t a 5 for me, I don’t know what is.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

One of the best songwriters I had never checked out before I started this challenge.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
5

Initially I thought that Bryter Layter wasn't as good as Pink Moon which I got to listen to properly for the first time last week. I'm still giving it 5 stars as it is an amazing album. The problem I had was that I was so ready to compare the two which was my error. Where Pink Moon was Nick Drake's soul stripped bare this is his heart, with him trying to show the world his talent that we didn't get to experience for long. I can hear attempts to be commercially friendly, a little bit of Van Morrison, a taste of the Stones but this is very much Nick Drake. I really can see why he so revered now.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
5

Beautiful

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Fri Mar 11 2022
5

I really enjoyed this album. It has lovely instrumentation, soothing lyrics. Nick Drake has a voice which blends but adds a lot of dimension to the musical arrangements. Now that I’ve listened to 2/3 of his albums, I can say that I’m a big fan. Favorite tracks: “Hazy Jane II,” “Poor Boy” and “Northern Sky.”

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Fri Mar 11 2022
5

As I listened, I tried to imagine how I would feel about Nick Drake if this was my first introduction to him. I honestly don't know if I would have loved the album. It is very relaxing, though. But having already fallen for Nick Drake and having listened to this album a few times in the past, I know that I love the album now.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
5

My introduction to Nick Drake came from two of the songs from this album, which were on movie soundtrack albums I bought in the early 2000s. They have been favorite tracks ever since. It was wonderful to hear this whole album, which was a little less ethereal than Five Leaves Left, but no less beautiful.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

This is a masterpiece. So sad that he died so young. "Could've Been" has always been a favorite of mine.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
5

I love his voice and the tone and style of this music. great album.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
5

Truly a sonic journey. Once again, you can hear how this influences future works from so many

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

Holy hell this is amazing, so soft and sensual, but somehow innocent as well.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

The excellent soft and careful vocals I remember from his debut, with a little extra spunk brought in from the fantastic ensemble of backing musicians. This sophomore album easily lives up to the debut.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

If you’re like me and found out about Nick Drake through Pink Moon you’d probably be surprised hearing some of the more lavish arrangements found on this album. For example, Poor Boy features female backing vocals straight out of a soul song. But whereas you might think that such treatment would obscure the songwriting, it instead enhances it. The upbeat “Hazy Jane II”, drifting “One Of These Things First”, sublime “Northern Lights” and leisurely “Sunday” mark some of the best moments in his all too short career, not to mention every other song on the album

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Wed Apr 20 2022
5

One of my favourite albums ever. I am a sucker for lush strings, and even though this album isn't as widely loved as Five Leaves Left or Pink Moon, I think it's something very special. Introduction leading into Hazy Jane II is one of my favourite album openings and it never fails to make my heart swell.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
5

Superb

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Mon May 02 2022
5

This British singer/songwriter has been an influence for so many of my favorite artists and it’s easy to see why. Beautiful instrumentation coupled with an almost whisper of a vocal style.

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Mon May 02 2022
5

Hauntingly beautiful. I'm glad the world got to appreciate Nick Drake. I'm said he never knew.

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Tue May 03 2022
5

i have the fattiest crush on this mystical man and all the sweet sounds he makes.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

This is a really great album. Hazy Jane 1 & 2, One of These Things First, Poor Boy, all great, great songs

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Wed May 18 2022
5

Juste du bonheur quoi

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Sat May 21 2022
5

Очень красивый и мелодичный альбом. Кратко, но слов нет :)

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Sun May 22 2022
5

Garden State moment

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Mon May 23 2022
5

My cohorts, a quick check of my earlier reviews will reveal that I gave a shiny 5 stars to Nick Drake first album, Five Leaves Left. Here, we have poor Nick's second album, Bryter Layter. Out of the classic Nick Drake trilogy, Bryter Layter is the one I listened to the most infrequently. Don't misunderstand me, I didn't consider it in any way a bad album, but the outright prettiness of Five Leaves Later and the starkness of Pink Moon meant they were the ones that hypnotised me. So in my head, Bryter Layter became the slightly impoverished relative by default. This was of course imbecilic of me. Bryter Layter continues Nick Drake's faultless track record whilst remaining particular to itself. Bryter Layter is in no way a rehash of Five Leaves Left, but instead shows dear Nick developing his style by exploring new musical vistas. Now, Bryter Layter is not as musically eclectic as Five Leaves Left, but that is not to its detriment. To say that Bryter Layter is more coherent is not the right term, but its consonance definitely stands out as a progression from Five Leaves Later. Lyrically, we have still the gentle sadness laying foggily over the music. Bryter Layter does not evoke death as Five Leaves Left does, nor is it as raw as Pink Moon, so we have the paradox that the listener feels Bryter Layter to be Nick Drake's healthiest record, despite the album's loneliness and remorse. Also, note that several songs concern love, albeit love tinged with inexact regret. A more remarkable addition to sweet Nick's arsenal is humour. In One of These Things First, a paean to a lost love, he lists the choices he could have pursued, how he could have been a sailor or a cook. But then he muses that he could have been a signpost or a whistle. Since this is Nick Drake, the absurdity is understated, but it is still there. Finally, in perhaps the album's best song, Northern Sky, we have one of the rarest and most precious qualities in a Nick Drake song: hope. Is Bryter Layter an anomaly in the Nick Drake canon? No, that's far too strong a reading. But it does partially dispel the notion that all his work was written under the gaze of the black-eyed dog. A wonderful record that entices the listener to luxuriate in its nuances.

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Sun May 29 2022
5

All 3 Nick Drake albums are 5s, but this one is my favourite. Shows off his underrated guitar work and of course the songwriting is stellar. Poor Boy is my favorite but each song has their own charms. 5 🌟

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Tue Jun 07 2022
5

Beautiful, timeless.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
5

Amazing 70s folk. Extremely well written and relaxing. Excellent song writing talent.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
5

I listen to Pink Moon so much I forgot how good this album is.

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Tue Jun 21 2022
5

🟦 91 🥇 One of these things first 🥈 Poor boy 🥉 Northern sky

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Sat Jul 02 2022
5

In some ways over-orchestrated compared to FLL - time can only just be kind to the "hello trees" instrumentals, but Poor Boy and Northern Sky are sublime. Anyone else hear Hazey Jane I and think it anticipated Dire Straits by 8 years?

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Sun Jul 03 2022
5

This album is one of my favourite, I absolutely adore nick drake, although this is my least favourite drake record. The jazz,funk and folk sound Is majestic and captivating, northern sky is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard, strong 10

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Tue Jul 19 2022
5

First time ever hearing Nick Drake, never stumbled across his work before, despite being 70s rock. The acoustic guitar is beautiful, his voice is smooth and soothing, what a lovely experience. Im a bit biased as this is the type of music i enjoy a lot, but still, one of the better albums ive gotten since starting this.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

Gone way too soon, Nick Drake had a well-balanced talent that most singer-songwriters do not. He was a musician who knew how to put words to music, and equally put music to words. Many singer-songwriters tend to lean heavily in either direction relying on musicians to put music to mindless drivel (e.g. Suzanne Vega) or putting less than on par words on to otherwise really great music (e.g. Tom Waits). Nick Drake does so well at both, that the listener wants to hear both giving neither favor over the other, hard-pressed to find fault with the lyricist and musician. Nick Drake was truly special and his talent is sorely missed.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
5

This is an excellent album, so much so that I listened to the whole back catalogue of Nick Drake and researched a bit more about his life. Tragic that he died only at 26, but leaving a legacy of his beautiful voice and compositions which remain timeless.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

The opening is regal with the strings and acoustic. A lush, calm, and exquisite entrance. Second track definitely feels like Drake songs I know, sets a quickened pace and we are off. I love the sax in Chimes of a City Clock, a track I've loved a long time. It is a very mature sound far from the reckless abandon of 80's sax. Perfectly understated and not saccharin. I'm sure I am not alone in thinking that 'Fly' is superb. I feel the early notes of 'Poor Boy' are the weakest section of the album, the melody getting lost a bit with over-complex transitions. The angelic background singing pulls it all back together, however, and then this triumph rises to a completely harmonized sonic tunnel that gives way to a just slightly dirtier sax outburst and I'm all in! Northern Sky is excellent and an all time favorite. The album ends on a low note for me as it barely averts drifting into 70's schmaltz.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

Cool first album. I’ve already listened to this one many times. Really helps calm me down when I’m feeling anxious. Really interesting melodies and vocals.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

"Bryter Layter" is the second of three studio albums from English singer-songwriter Nick Drake and last one with backing musicians. And what a backing he had: Members of Fairport Convention (Richard Thompson, Dave Pegg, Dave Mattacks), John Cale and Beach Boy sessions musicians Mike Kovalski and Ed Carter. This is beautiful sounding music and singing - gentle, relaxing and quiet. The lyrics themselves are poetic but also sad or melancholy which is in contrast to the music. The music itself is much happier with great acoustic guitars, jazzy with horns and also somewhat Baroque pop with the string arrangements. I'm always a sucker for dichotomies in lyrics and the music; this is a great album. Nick Drake suffered from depression and would die four years from a drug overdose (suspect suicide). His music would and continues to grow in popularity and influence. I definitely hear that today. The album begins with an instrumental which then goes into "Hazey Jane II". The horns and the Backing Fairport Convention gives the music a majestic, rollicking and happy feel. I think Drake is singing about the hard reality of society. Here is where I hear major influences in the band Belle & Sebastian's music. "At the Chime of a City Clock" has a more melancholy feel and Baroque pop with the added strings and horns. Drake had moved to London from the country and this song gives his observations. "Poor Boy" appears to have very personal lyrics about Drake himself and his introverted nature. Great piano by session-player Chris McGregor. There are backing gospel singers which some critics don't like. I found it find. "Northern Sky" is perhaps my favorite song on the album. John Cale adds a lot with his piano playing. Interesting drums. A sad love song. I highly recommend this album. I seem to gain a little more with each listen. Any one of Nick Drake's albums are worth checking out.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

Really difficult to rate, since is not the type of album I’m used to Most of the songs are pretty warming, and they all individually gave me the sensation of being in different Scenarios Considering I don’t have anything to compare with, my rate could be different, but I really liked it Kinda remembers me of my dad

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Sun Aug 28 2022
5

mi primera vez escuchando este album y a nick drake, realmente me lleve una sorpresa, desde la armoniosa bienvenida con "introduction" hasta la hermosa melodia del final con "sunday" el album me encantó. sin duda una de las mejores cosas que escuché. su melancolia, dulce melodia y prolijidad en general es impecable. recomendadisimo a cualquier oido fav song: at the chime of a city clock ☆ one of these things first ☆ poor boy northern sky 5.0

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

Ohhhh it's an absolute beauty. So formative for me. My neighbour in Kentish Town whilst I was at university (who was almost definitely an arms dealer???) introduced me to Nick Drake and this is mayyyybe my fave Nicky D album. It's so insanely beautiful. It's sad and haunting but also magical and fairytale. No other album has ever made me feel the same feels as this one and probably never will, that's mostly down to Nick's voice and musical style but also this specific album too. LOVE it.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

Hazey Jane II basically made the cross that Belle and Sebastian's entire career scored. Northern Sky is one of the most beautiful songs ever. This a really great album and I love it. One of These Things first was on a freebie compilation on a magazine when I was 14 and was my way to Nick. A lovely way to spend 40 minutes - if I have only one criticism, I wasn't a fan of the saxophone.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Just great.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

I was so impressed by this man I knew nothing about. I swear that he had influenced every singer songwriter of the past 50 years

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

Outstanding mixing/recording, and the voice of a songbird. Lovely soft lyrics, and a mix of piano, sax, and guitar that is simply sublime.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

This man allows me to stop listening to music. his voice is amazing, his compositions are wonderful, this album is beautiful, the more i listen the more my ears just need him and only him

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

This is the second-best of Nick Drake's albums - the best being Pink Moon. If you've never heard. Nick Drake before, it's jaw droppingly good. Beautiful melodies, completely original guitar style, softly understated vocals all add up to wonderful songs. John Martyn fans will particularly love Nick Drake - they were friends and were on the same record label. Solid Air was written about him. Both turned out to be tragic figures and Nick Drake's story is especially sad. The cover photo on this album is hugely evocative - you can almost feel the pain and his internal struggle.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
5

hazy Jane II: Love his voice wtf Album cover reminds me of something i can’t remember what I’m getting early paolo I want to lie in grass Clock song: sax is nice but mum wouldn’t like it One of these things: I’m getting the same grassy feel A more low-key going up the country wonder what year 1970 so like 20 years earlier that’s crazy It’s making me emotional Hazy Jane I: why after 2 Fly: Bob Dylan kinda idk Poor boy: jazzy piano makes me want to cry but good Sunday:forgot to write in a bunch but still appreciating the album Oh shit no is that it Fuckkkkkk Easy 8/10

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

Tesko opustanje i melankolija

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

I'm a big Nick Drake fan, so I've heard this album a number of times. It's beautiful. Nearly every song on it is a standout to me in it's own way. Standout Tracks: Hazey Jane 2, At the Chime of a City Clock, One of These Things First, Hazey Jane I, Fly, Northern Sky

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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

J'adore nick drake et cet album est vraiment super ! 5

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Thu Dec 01 2022
5

Just a really lovely album

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Tue Dec 06 2022
5

I loved the mix of folk with orchestral stuff. Great variety of instruments without sounding cluttered. Beautiful sound overall.

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Mon Nov 16 2020
4

Pretty good. Surprised

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Mon Mar 15 2021
4

1970. Key Songs: Hazey Jane II, One Of These Things First, Nothern Sky

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Fri Oct 02 2020
4

:(

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Fri Oct 02 2020
4

Very pleasant to listen to. Not my go to style but it was very relaxing and enjoyable.

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Wed Dec 30 2020
4

Beautiful

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Tue Dec 08 2020
4

Very Sentimental 3.8

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Beautiful and sad 4/5

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Terrific album - Drake's smooth, often haunting folk music is on full display here.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

что-то он у меня затянулся, на 1-2 песни за раз.. но вообще норм, под настроение

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Sat Jun 05 2021
4

Pretty good album good acoustic tracks interesting arrangements

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

I COULD LISTEN TO NICK DRAKE ALL DAY (but I also might be depressed for the next month after)

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Listened to it 4 or 5 times, really lovely album, adding to favourites

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

Also very chill

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Just started listening to Nick Drake more closely. Enjoyed this a great deal, really like his voice and guitar.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

Lowkey

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Beautiful soft album

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Nice and mellow. Good to work when you don't need to listen to the lyrics because I sure as shit didn't know what he was saying. Good overall sound.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

I was mainly familiar with Pink Moon from Nick Drake, this is the first time I've heard these songs other than One of These Things First. I liked this, but it sounded weird hearing him accompanied by more than just acoustic guitar. Still great, but not as great as Pink Moon. 4 stars.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Slow but very well made

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Even tho a lot of these sounded the same I still liked it. Instrumentals were surprisingly good

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

Upbeat but melancholy and rad interludes, very enjoyable 4.1

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Anyway, I could listen to “Fly” on repeat for the bulk of an entire day and not get tired of it. I was expecting an album of songs like this and was pleasantly surprised by how different it can be from track to track.

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Sun Feb 28 2021
4

Very relaxing record good one

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

I really enjoyed this album. I'd heard at least one of the songs before but had no idea who this artist was. Unique voice and guitar. Relaxing.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Kind of a yacht rock vibe

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

Conocí a Nick Drake hará un par de años gracias a la gente que ya lo conocía y escuchaba música parecida a mí en Spotify provocando que el algoritmo de sugerencias me lo recomendara. Es un cantante enorme y creo que ha influenciado a mucha gente que me gusta. Una pena que desapareciera tan pronto y que tan poca gente lo conociera en su época. El disco suena muy bien y la producción del año 1970 con violines, percusión es espectacular. De este disco desde que lo escuché me gustaron: Northern Sky y One of these things first.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Super folky and mellow. I enjoyed the different instrumentation and the dissonances that he incorporated into his music. Looked him up, sad he died at such a young age. But this album was for sure a great listen.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

This is another artist I've never heard before, but I like this album. I really like the first half of this album, especially Hazey Jane II and At the Chime of a City Clock.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

One of These Things First was a highlight. Very overlooked artist who joined the 27 club a year too early.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Better than expected. Should listen again

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Sun Mar 14 2021
4

Very mellow

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Sat Mar 20 2021
4

Vi el "aparece en" de Spotify de este sadboy y al parecer está incluido en muchas listas de chill, relax, qué bonita es la vida y con imágenes muy porno inspiracional, pero tiene más bien una vibra en el pozo de lo sad-melancolia-autocompasión para no salir de ahí. Me gustó bastante la instrumentación, las percusiones que de repente están muy cargadas le dan un gran toque que le aporta ritmito a pesar de que el resto de los elementos están cabizbajos. Mood: un día soleado de otoño en que te sientes tristón por alguna extraña razón.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Pretty good, would listen to it again. Good for working to, also. Going to start ranking a pretty good as 4 stars, might down grade it to 3 if need be.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Rzadko kiedy zdarza sie ulsyszec cos tak przyjemnego dla ucha, a jednoczesnie tak smutnego, mawet gdy pierwszy raz kilka lat temu uslyszalem i nie znalem historii jaka sie kryje za tym albumem, to jednak od razu mozna wyczuc, ze jest to cos autentycznego, chyba tylko z dwoma artystami mialem podobnie, sydem i johnstonem, smutek laczy tych trzech artystow i to jak walczyli lub probowali sobie z nim poradzic, no i grali rocka, ale kompozycje na bryter layer wychodza mocno poza rokowanie jest tam sporo elementow jazowych, soulowych, a drake sie w tym wszystkim gubi i czasem az ciezko odnalezc jego unikalne gitarki, hazey jane I jest kawalkiem na ktorym jest ona najbardziej wyeksponowana, bo track jest dosc surowy jak na standardy tej plyty, choc jest to jego najbardziej przystepny album, to i tak nie zdobyl zbyt duzej popularnosci, poeci romantyczni zwykle zdobywali slawe i rozglos dopiero po smierci, w tym przypadku jest podobnie, ciesze sie ze moglem to uslyszec ponownie, jak sie musiala czuc osoba ktora nie mogla dac praktycznie zadnego wystepu, podczas nagrywania w studiu nie potrafila byc skierowana w strone producenta, tylko nagrywac plecami do innych, a jednoczesnie miala tyle do przekazania za posrednictwem muzyki, poor boy jest jednym z moich ulubionych kawalkow albumiku, akurat na nim swietnie jazzowe trabienie i chorki nadaja piosence chrakteru karykaturalnego, gdyby tak autobiograficzny kawalek znalazl sie na pink moonie czy pozostalych 5 lisciach, to bylby on zbyt tragiczny, na plejliste poza nim trafi jeszcze northern sky oraz one of these things first, na miejscu jest tez pytanie czy smierc byla koncem czy poczatkiem kariery w tym przypadku, czy zycie nie przekreslioby sukcesu jakim niewatpliwie sa 3 wydane albumy,

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

A good listen. Classic 70s folk sounds.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Really enjoyed this surprisingly

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Mon Mar 15 2021
4

I don’t like silly misspellings, but the music was really good. Sad to read his story. “At the Chime of a City Clock” stuck out.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
4

Another artist I know about but not listened to that much of their work. I think this is the first time I've listened to a whole album of his. I really enjoyed it and will definitely listen again. Will also try and listen to some more of his stuff.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
4

I knew the name but didn't know much about him and have never consciously listened to his music before. A very nice discovery in that respect, and what a fascinating and sad story. His live shows sound like a riot! Crazy how little-known he was before he died, yet his music has become so revered and influential since. His music stands the test of time. Perhaps he'd still be here if he'd found more success while he as alive? Not really into folk music that much but I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. 8.5/10

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Forgjenger til Kings of Convenience

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

Production: 17/20 Songwriting: 17/20 Innovation: 15/20 Bangers: 10/20 Emotional response: 17/20 =76 Awwww just lovely. Quack.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Pink moon is the 5 star album, but this one is great too.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Ready for an indie film marathon.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

Breezy and melodic. Pretty good if a little slow at point. Seemed modern.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Beautiful arrangements. That VOICE.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

Álbum muy tranquilo, pero con presencia. Gran disco. Gusto mucho. Nota: 4.5

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Sat May 01 2021
4

This was beautiful

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

Genuinely liked this album, felt really chill and could easily listen to it again. On the otherhand, its kind of like vanilla -- I can see anyone liking it but it being no one's favourite.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

I had always heard about Nick Drake but never listened to any of his stuff. I really liked the atmosphere on this album. Drake's voice and guitar playing were amazing. I want to listen to this again and pay attention to the lyrics. Very cool.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

I listened to all of his albums recently and this is one I have in my collection. Great song writing. Maybe the strings are a little overdone. Given recent events the forecast is promising.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

I wrote something out for this yesterday when I listened, but I apparently didn't save it. Anyways, I liked it.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

He did again! Love this dude. Can't believe I haven't listened to all this stuff before.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

Definitely a mood album - what mood might depend on the person :P - this could either be one of the more depressing albums or one of the more joyous, I honestly can't ever decide. Either way, it's gorgeous in total - the full band arrangements, horns, strings, and Nick Drake's odd/dry/intimate vocal style all work for me. Hardly a party album :D (I'd love to get Van Halen 1 after this one for contrast) nor one that I think can be fully appreciated on first or second listens but for fascinating acoustic tunings/chords/arrangements and non-traditional "pop" singer-songwriter albums this is tremendous. 8/10 4 stars

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Chilled Background music

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Mon May 10 2021
4

I liked it

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

A beautiful listen, which I need more time with to really rate it. I wasn’t sure I enjoyed it on first listen but I started to get absorbed by the voice and the gentleness the second time. One which linger, I feel.

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Sun May 23 2021
4

A perfect Sunday album. I'm much better acquainted with Five Leaves Left but this album is a gem. You can give it a few runs and focus on a different instrument each time or, just Drake's voice. I've never really wrapped my head around the word melancholy but I feel like this is the audible representation.

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Thu May 27 2021
4

First time hearing his work. I recognized one of the songs from a movie (from the 2000's) soundtrack. Very mellow but great.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

Great smooth album

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Sun Jul 25 2021
4

Gone too soon. What a beautiful voice.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
4

the intro was nice. doubt i will be into this but hey it's 39 minutes long so it gets all my attention. okay i actually am into this first song. his voice is sooo nice. okay songs 2 and 3 were nice too. i wasn't crazy about 'fly' and the title track. everything else i enjoyed.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

An overlooked classic.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
4

nicely layered folk music. like a slice of rich chocolate cake that magically doesn't put you in a food coma

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Fri Aug 13 2021
4

My main man Nick Drake. This is my least favourite of his albums - Pink Moon's sparse, haunting arrangements make it an easy number one, followed by the lush, glacial strings of Five Leaves Left. The upbeat & bright Nick Drake here seems a bit at odds with the others in his catalogue, but still some great tunes. Good to take for a spin every few years.

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Sat Aug 14 2021
4

Niet zijn beste album maar nog altijd erg goed!

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Sat Aug 14 2021
4

Hoe anders dan Five Leaves Left, vind ik dit toch ook een puik album. Fijne stem en klasse nummers. Vooral Northern Sky.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

The voice of an angel

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

nice, smooth, little. Way of singing not my favorite at times

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

Nice listen

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

классные вайбовые полупостпанковые песенки, насыщенные аранжировки, слишком спокойно

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

Here we are, the final piece of the Nick Drake puzzle. The connective tissue between Five Leaves Left and the harrowing Pink Moon. The vocals on Hazey Jane 2 gave me big-time Wicker Man vibes. Actually, maybe I'm just now realizing that he's got a perfect voice for Wicker Man music. This is a fantastic album. I'd put it over Five Leaves, but it's pretty hard for any artist to touch Pink Moon. But damn, there are some serious heaters on here. Still very intimate music, even though there are a number of instruments working with Nick throughout. Loved this immediately, and could see it becoming a five star in time, but for now it's not quite there. RIP to the legend, and thank you to this list for giving us all three of his albums! Lord knows if it didn't, the gaps would be filled with more live albums from the Who. Favorite tracks: Fly, Bryter Layter, Sunday, Hazey Jane II, At the Chime of a City Clock. Album art: Really love this one. Great framing and colors, and the picture of Nick Drake is almost menacing. Not bright at all, so makes for an excellent contrast in colors, mood, and theme. He'll be bryter layter, or so he says. Also love that he's not wearing his shoes, but they're still there. 4.5/5

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

While I don't think this is my favorite Nick Drake album, it's still fantastic. I never knew who he was before this album exercise and getting to hear all three of his best in the same year has been great. Love the giant shoes in the album cover and the entire cover in general. I kept Fly and Poor Boy to re listen but his albums are better listened to fully than picking certain songs out. Great start to the week.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

This is very lounge, perfect dinner party music but still has enough of an edge to maintain my attention throughout. Beautiful understated guitar playing. BIG sax on Poor Boy, don't even realise it's there until the last 30 seconds. Love the weird abstract writing, get lots of Aldous Harding vibes over it all. Pretty sure I've come across another album of his so far and think I might've ripped into him a bit - if so he's redeemed himself here.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

Nick drake might be the most under appreciated artist of all time

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

Grea Great album. What this list is for. Discovering new music

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

Beautiful. I hadn't heard his music before at all (though I had heard the name), but it's lovely. It's definitely a mood, though.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

extremely comforting listening experience from front to back

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

Would rate 4.5 stars. Great album and made me want to check out more of his work

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

The story of Nick Drake is a sad one, and his music reflects this. It's lonely and melancholic, while also being nice and lush. His compositions bring these beautiful strings and percussion flourishes to accompany his simple guitar and voice. It's also not afraid to get a little exciting at times, with a rockin' sax solo on Poor Boy. Very mellow for the most part though, making for a wonderful morning album. Worth a spin.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

I find this to be a major improvement over "Five Leaves Left." Though still generally mellow, there is much more range and vitality to the arrangements.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

This has a definite 1970s San Francisco hippie vibe. I enjoyed it.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

Soft 4 stars. Nick drake is awesome. Such a voice and gorgeous music. A true gem that would have remained hidden if it wasn’t for this project. I look forward to his 3rd album (if it’s on this list).

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

There's something very enjoyable about his music. It's mellow and a little bit sad but there's definitely a place for Nick Drake's music in my life.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

Krasses singer Songwriter Niveau

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

Non mi dispiace, sai!?

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

8/10

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

New discovery for me, I dug it.

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Sat Nov 20 2021
4

I own this already

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

11/22/21 Yes.... Wonderful.... a perfect day for this album. Introduction: Sumptuously orchestrated. A standout in it's own right. Hazy Jane II: The pulsing organ chords in the background remind me of a GAS song. Hypnotic. A deliciously queasy rollicker. At the Chime of a City Clock: "I see your trousers don't taper"... brutal diss.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Lovely

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

pwetty

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

I prefer both of his other albums, but I still like this one very much.

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Sun Dec 12 2021
4

Solid pop-folk, just as good as Pink Moon. Give another listen soon!

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Pas aussi bon que Five Leaves, mais overall aucunement décevant

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

Best songs Not one in particular but a great album.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

Chill, funky, and jazzy pretty good. Better than I was expecting for sure.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

My second favourite Nick Drake album

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

Very nice and relaxing

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Sat Jan 15 2022
4

Beautiful guitars and voices. Loved it and will definitely revisit

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