Nick Drake
Pink Moon


5.0
classic

Review

by Jared W. Dillon USER (118 Reviews)
May 5th, 2006 | 700 replies | 52,468 views


Release Date: 1972 | Tracklist


6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Nick Drake was an unknown soldier in the 1970s. Blending lush orchestrations with a bluntly emotional voice, his music would although at the time not become popular, grow to be some of the most influential music of the haven that the ‘70s were for originality. Singer/Songwriters are pretty universally enjoyed; I mean who doesn’t like ‘Flake’ by Jack Johnson or ‘Say Yes’ by Elliott Smith. Usually you’ll find that huge Cryptopsy/Spiral Architect fan talking about how whenever he needs to calm down he throws on Damien Rice’s ‘O’. Well, most of these artists owe their ideas to Nick Drake’s ‘Pink Moon’. Sitting next to Talk Talk’s ‘Laughing Stock’ as one of the most emotionally barren and gorgeous sounding records of all time, Pink Moon encompasses the feelings of despair and isolation so effortlessly it’s a wonder it isn’t more widely respected and known than it is. Although I’m a big fan of the acoustic meanderings of most singer/songwriters, I do find myself usually becoming bored with the sheer playing inability in most of these artists, but with Nick Drake this problem is nowhere to be found. His unique and technical ability behind a guitar is astounding and highly compliments his very ethereal vocals. While some people tend to dwell on the suicide he supposedly committed, I try to remember Nick Drake not for the actions he transpired, but for the wonderful timeless music he created.

‘Pink Moon’ has a cast of ten very similar songs. All of the songs are formed between only two instruments, Nick’s guitar and vocals, except for the title track which features some haunting piano melodies. Most of the songs are done in a way that makes them mildly upbeat and beautiful, but the occasional gloomy dark song is experimented with on the album in the form of ‘Things Behind the Sun’ and ‘Parasite’. While the lyrical messages behind most of the songs are typically depressing affairs, this topic only seems to soak through into the actual musical half of the album in the two dark songs. ‘Pink Moon’ is mostly concentrated in the genre of Folk with most of the songs blending together stylistically, but tracks like ‘Know’ which is based around an extremely simple guitar line and the short interlude ‘Horn’ help make the album more interesting and seem less repetitive. Nick’s voice is very unique in itself due to the fact it has a deep yet very soothing, beautiful sound. Whereas most singer/songwriters reach their moments of beauty with the falsetto sound, Nick like Jeff Buckley on his album ‘Grace’ is able to exude emotion in various ranges of his voice, which also helps establish striking differences in the ten tracks on this album. All in all, the tracks on this album are similar yet different, but always rewarding. Few tracks stand out, because they are all excellent by my personal favorite would have to be ‘Things Behind the Sun’ just because of how elegantly depressing it is. Every song can serve the dual purpose of either being, light and relaxing, or tense and emotional depending on how the listener is relating to it.

‘Pink Moon’ is a simple album made by a talented man that any musician or music listener should enjoy. The accessibility to this album is simple, because it is always representing an emotion or feeling that anyone can relate too. While the album does have some depressing undertones, like most popular music Nick Drake is able to make a musically upbeat and happy sounding song out of what were most likely some of his darkest feelings. This ability to make an accessible, moving piece that is both filled with despair and hopefulness is what makes ‘Pink Moon’ such an everlasting and excellent piece of work. It’s really an album anyone can pick up and really enjoy whether you are a metal, rap, or indie fan and that is where the perfection lies in it.



Recent reviews by this author
Pygmy Lush Old FriendsPharoahe Monch W.A.R.
My Disco Little JoyBlack Milk Album Of The Year
Sun Kil Moon Admiral Fell PromisesFlying Lotus Cosmogramma
user ratings (1171)
Chart.
4.5
superb
other reviews of this album
1 of

Comments:Add a Comment 
Zebra
Moderator
May 5th 2006



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The title track is one of the greatest songs I have ever heard, I, like everybody else loves the piano part. That's really the only stand out track, everything else is similar yet musically beautiful. I always listen to this album when my head hurts, heh.

slack
May 5th 2006



248 Comments


Yes. Another album I need to get. I love the title track.

Neurotoxin
May 6th 2006



90 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of my favourite albums ever.

Killtacular
May 6th 2006



1314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fantastic album, with a review to match.

Med57
Moderator
May 6th 2006



1001 Comments


Very good review, pixies. Everyone should hear this album. No exceptions.

FA
May 28th 2006



127 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Such a fantastic album. Nice review pixies.

Wanker
June 3rd 2006



139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome album. It's suble and elegant--a huge influence on so many musicians like pixies said. Great review too pixies.

Dimes Make Dollars
June 18th 2006



241 Comments


I think this is one of the most likable albums of all time. It's simple, it's melodic, the songwriting and musicianship are strong, and I can't fathom anybody finding something about it they don't enjoy. One of the best albums of the 1970's.

Great review, but I think comparing it emotionally to Laughing Stock is a bit off base.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
September 23rd 2006



2806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is brilliant.

BringHomeTheBacon
September 23rd 2006



248 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album, the only thing that keeps it from being a 5 is "Know". That song bores me.

Sepstrup
September 23rd 2006



1563 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I don't like the guitarriff in that song. I don't think this is significantly better than his two other albums. They're all awesome, but none of them are classics to me for some reason.

Apollyon
December 21st 2006



4 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album. Nick Drake is incredible.

Doppelganger
January 3rd 2007



3124 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is the greatest, most powerful album I've ever heard. It's a shame that his albums didn't gain popularity while he was still around. This Message Edited On 01.02.07

MrKite
January 13th 2007



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just purchased this off eBay after hearing the title track and being blown away.This Message Edited On 01.13.07

tom79
March 11th 2007



3346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love sleeping to this album. Very nice, relaxing record. Simplicity to its full potential.

Digging: Bent Outta Shape - Stray Dog Town

SlantedAndEnchanted
March 15th 2007



26 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that this is my favorite singer/songwriter record of all time.

just listen to pink moon's beauty
or parasite's pure chills
and the way that Drake's voice just goes in and out of your soul on Which Will?, or Place to be

but i'm gonna agree that Know is boring, although i really like the last two lyric lines in it, they're chilling.
"Know that I see you
know I'm not there"

Yield
March 16th 2007



626 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I just bought this, so I hope that I enjoy it.

jrowa001
March 19th 2007



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

first time i heard this i thought it was very boring, until recently i heard the song pink moon on the radio....i realized how amazing that song and this album is. i havent gone a day since that i havent listened to a song from this album. this is a definite classic

samthebassman
March 25th 2007



2164 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

What an unbelievable album, I knew nothing about this guy and was pointed in his direction by a couple users from this site, modern folk & indie music owes this guy a hell of a lot. A simply beautiful album.

MrKite
April 4th 2007



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This never gets old. Every track (barring Know) is flawless. It's often on high rotation when I'm sick. It really is like medicine.
From The Morning is currently my favorite.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2013 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy