Nick Drake
Pink Moon


5.0
classic

Review

by BigHans USER (108 Reviews)
July 9th, 2010 | 215 replies


Release Date: 1972 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Pink Moon" rivals "Blood on the Tracks" as one of the greatest self-contemplative musical canvases in history.

For passionate followers of music, we often rely on its unquestioned ability to mirror our moods, to provide metaphors for our lives, to encapsulate the emotions raging inside and out at any given moment. The power of music to transcend everyday lives through a blunt combination of lyrical relevance and moving sonic atmospheres is well founded and inarguable. There’s a reason frat boys pound beers to AC/DC, just as there is a reason depressed men throw on Dylan’s “Blood on the Tracks” or “For Emma, Forever Ago” during their most self-contemplative and morose moments. We find ourselves in certain records, either through a direct correlation to the artist, the themes governing its lyrics, or the general likeness to an album’s overall mood in correlation to life experience.

Despite being dead for over 30 years, Nick Drake has carved out a niche alongside Dylan in relation to providing the ultimate canvas for self-contemplation. His master-stroke, “Pink Moon,” is “Blood on the Tracks” lite, a simpler yet superior sounding album that paints a soundtrack to depression and contemplation, yet holds the rare ability to inspire hope alongside its bleakest moments. To say “Pink Moon” is a simple album is both fitting and a gross understatement at the same time. Barely clocking 30 minutes, there is roughly 10 seconds of the record that does not exclusively feature a devastated voice and a downtrodden yet brilliant played acoustic guitar. If one finds themselves pondering their lives, say, in front of a roaring fire or alongside a deserted highway at night, “Pink Moon” is a perfect accompaniment. It will be over quickly, yet it’s heavy atmosphere will literally seep in and engross the mind, leaving one profoundly impacted if their current mood is in alignment with the album’s themes.

Drake’s performance throughout “Pink Moon” is understated, yet astounding. It’s in the way the album contradicts itself, showcasing the musings of a clearly tortured man, carrying the bane of genius, trying to fight between utter despair and a fleeting, yet breathing sense of hope. The voice is yearning but carried well. The guitar playing, from a folk music perspective, is utterly astonishing. The songwriting skill is almost unmatched in the genre. Drake impacts the listener profoundly in myriad forms. It’s the way “Road” opens with a bright, gorgeous guitar melody before finalizing itself as one of the greatest songs in folk history. It’s the way the Title Track burns itself into your brain right around the time the piano kicks in. It’s the way “From the Morning” both depresses the sh*t out of you yet inspires at the same time. Finally, it’s in the way there is nary a second of weakness to be found in Drake’s tortured masterpiece. “Pink Moon” is segued brilliantly, the album flowing perfectly, matching its downtrodden brilliance to your very existence. All you have to do is be in the right mood.

Essentials:

Road
Pink Moon
From the Morning

Recommended:

Everything Else



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BigHans
July 9th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

15 minues this time. I'm trying to go away from the exceptionally long reviews I used to do and pretty much just going for concise, whatever the fuck jumps into my mind type writing. Let me know if its shit or not.



vanderb0b
July 9th 2010


3473 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Didn't read, pos'd for the rating.

BigHans
July 9th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au411k24bmk

Song rules.

BigHans
July 9th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

And this one is now in an AT& T Commercial, lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2JjJPDz3EE

Bitchfork
July 9th 2010


7584 Comments


Best comment this review will see simply because it's Bitchfork's first appearance in this thread.

BigHans
July 9th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good point Bitchfork.

Bitchfork
July 9th 2010


7584 Comments


plz no rec'd songs or nutting like that, k. looks nappy-headed

BigHans
July 9th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nah I like doing that, helps point out the best stuff.

Bitchfork
July 9th 2010


7584 Comments


But now I don't want to read the actual review.

Plus, it looks extremely unprofessional. What, you can't express your feelings on what's the best track on here in your review, so you post a list of favorites along with an unbelievably expected "everything else" list?

The review is a five, it's expected that you love every track on the album.

Bitchfork
July 9th 2010


7584 Comments


mj's not banned.
quick guys pull out your review drafts.

Um. I got an Animal Collective 5 in the works, a Corpus Christi 1.5 (posting only on rrr), and a half-assed CTtS review that probably won't go up this month because it's already a page long and...

BigHans
July 9th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Bitchfork, if you read my CTTS review you would know that I could really care less about professionalism.

STOP SHOUTING!
July 9th 2010


631 Comments


i heard bryter layter once and felt like i was in a coma. i feel i'm missing out on something.
but nice review.

Bitchfork
July 9th 2010


7584 Comments


Yeah Hans but you had a black guy as an av....

oh shit there's one of them here.

BigHans
July 9th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah I've been meaning to go back to Reggie, had this av up as a joke one day.

Bitchfork
July 9th 2010


7584 Comments


oh my god it's like the million man march all over again

TheBaneofSputnik
July 9th 2010


1525 Comments


Good review, my friend. Album is amazing. Have a pos

NeutralThunder12
July 9th 2010


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

album is amazing. Only negative of this review is that you didn't say PLace to be was essential, but Pink Moon is the best and From the Morning is second. Good job man.

BigHans
July 9th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks guys, it really is amazing. Just pissed I didn't hear it sooner.

Maniac!
July 9th 2010


26250 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"15 minues this time. I'm trying to go away from the exceptionally long reviews I used to do and pretty much just going for concise, whatever the fuck jumps into my mind type writing."


That is how I write every single one of mine.


Also... good review. I still personally think that Parasite is the best song here.

TheBaneofSputnik
July 9th 2010


1525 Comments


Hey guys, did you know LeBron James signed with the Heat???


J/K

Talk about the album, because it's as good as the Heat will be over the next five year, and we all know THAT'S worth talking about.



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