Nick Drake
Pink Moon


5.0
classic

Review

by myhigherpie USER (13 Reviews)
December 20th, 2010 | 13 replies


Release Date: 1972 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Creation is our gift. Nick Drake understood its magnitude.

There’s something special about Pink Moon: some sort of incredible, supernatural presence that leaves a magical lasting impression on the listener. There is something more behind every hushed vocal, chord, and guitar line that stretches across its paradoxically short yet vast canvas. Drake’s casual mastery of the fret board and the ethereal melodies he creates almost seem to imply some cosmic force, greater than himself, had possessed him and lent its influence through his voice and hands. Or perhaps he had stumbled across some vast, universal pool of energy in the deepest recesses of his mind and pulled from it just the tiniest, microscopic inkling of its influence and experience and translated it through the mere eleven tracks found on Pink Moon.

It is the only explanation I can think of, for something seemingly so short and minimalistic to be so incredibly vast, all-encompassing, and so elusive. There is always a tiny, barely noticeable fragment of mystery in the background. It forces you to latch on, and search desperately for some sort of phrase, an explanation, something describable about it. It is something bewilderingly unique, a sort of jewel of indiscernible color off in the distance. You can feel it. It is intimate, yet distant. Cosmic, yet earthly. Mysterious, yet familiar. Tangible, yet ethereal. It is there, and at the same time, it isn’t. It is seemingly human, yet it makes you doubt that a human being was even responsible for its creation. You could listen to the record for hours, entire nights devoted entirely to every single inch of its immaculately painted canvas of sounds, and you wouldn’t be any closer to understanding just what it is.

The truth is, you don’t need to know. There are just some things too wonderful, too beautiful, too indescribable for us to understand with anything less than our feelings. And that is the great thing about it. The feeling will never fade, never die away, or rot into the ground or dissipate into the air. By essence it is cosmic, infinite, without end or beginning. It simply exists in its own profound mystery, and is un-replicable by any other force. Pink Moon is something truly special. Something that should be protected, as an example of what human beings, in all our mystery and potential are capable of producing. Creation is our gift. Nick Drake understood its magnitude.



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myhigherpie
December 20th 2010


3027 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This has become undoubtedly my favorite album of all time.

ShadowRemains
December 20th 2010


21317 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good review, album is awesome

AtavanHalen
December 20th 2010


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Interesting review. Needs a bit of work, but this is a phenomenal album.

Nagrarok
December 20th 2010


8292 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Phenomenal it is.

Groink
December 20th 2010


773 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review for a great album.

Jethro42
December 20th 2010


12545 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Very good review/album

NeutralThunder12
December 20th 2010


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

album has brought me too tears multiple times.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2010


15066 Comments


this was personal and touching before personal and touching meant "really obvious attempt to be personal and touching"

i like this because it's not as straightforward in that manner as a lot of records like it

KILL
December 20th 2010


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol neutral

Digging: Steve Hackett - Out of the Tunnel's Mouth

Jash
December 21st 2010


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this album is one of the most relaxing albums ive ever heard

BigHans
December 21st 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Album rules hard great review.

foreverendeared
December 21st 2010


14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I prefer Five Leaves Left, but still awesome stuff

McCopper
December 21st 2010


1367 Comments


I always felt there's something in this album that makes it special.
It's a guitar and a voice but it feels...ugh I can't explain it.



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