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Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left

5 07 2010

Listened: Thursday July 1

I first heard of Nick Drake about 10 years ago when Pink Moon was on a Volkswagen commercial. I liked the song but I never quite got over the hump of investigating more. But I remember that was the beginning of the great Nick Drake popular resurgence amongst music writers and fans.

Woody loaned me Five Leaves Left and right away its quiet, lovely folk music blew my mind. Nick was only 20 years old when he recorded this, but you would never guess – his voice and the music are so mature sounding. The music is very timeless too; it’s not easy to tell this album is 40 years old.

The man only lived 6 years after this album was released, which is stunning. What else could he have done?

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20 01 2011
ABrutalKind

If you like this then check out his other stuff, Pink Moon and Bryter Layter, along with his compilations. He makes beautiful music

14 02 2011
Matthew Jay – Draw « Emily's Albums A to Z

[…] am so glad I did. Draw is brilliant and sounds so effortlessly great. His sound can be compared to Nick Drake and Jeff Buckley. Sadly, this is the only album released when he was alive (his only other release […]

22 04 2011
Mojave 3 – Excuses for Travellers « Emily's Albums A to Z

[…] is country-tinged (lots of piano, banjo, and lap steel) and dreamy-mellow. I would compare it to Nick Drake in energy level and tone. On the PopPressed Radar Print Magazine’s New Visual Artists Saint […]

22 04 2011
Donovan – The Essential Donovan « Emily's Albums A to Z

[…] of his songs on TV commercials. I think their love for Donovan makes a lot more sense to me than Nick Drake. His early Dylan-like songs are very beautiful and simple and thus can be very commercially […]

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