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5.0 out of 5 stars Let's get one thing straight about this record.
Its average -- heh, virtually unanimous -- rating of five here probably has something to do with this: Nick Drake died, not certainly but quite likely a suicide, about two years after its release, and in retrospect this sounds like his suicide note, whether it was or not. It also has something to do with a car commercial that came out about 26 years too late to help...
Published on Jun 22 2004
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3.0 out of 5 stars pink moon
easy listening, nothing to rave about, like the article i read, another retrospective ah well.
Published on Feb 21 2010 by Christopher Bird
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's get one thing straight about this record.,
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This review is from: Pink Moon (Audio CD)Its average -- heh, virtually unanimous -- rating of five here probably has something to do with this: Nick Drake died, not certainly but quite likely a suicide, about two years after its release, and in retrospect this sounds like his suicide note, whether it was or not. It also has something to do with a car commercial that came out about 26 years too late to help Nick.
And none of us should be ashamed of this.
The facts of an artist's life are an inextricable part of his work. We've known this, cherished it in fact, since the first artist put a voice into music, or drew pictures and made gestures that expressed thoughts without words. Nick Drake was one depressed dude at the end. Either he killed himself deliberately or the drugs that did it -- and they were antidepressants -- were powerful enough to do it by accident.
I got "Pink Moon" about five days ago and have played it about 35 times. The title track and the final one ("From the Morning") move me about as much as anything I've heard. Everything in between establishes a mood that could be interpreted as heavily flavored by sadness, if not dominated by depression. Even "Morning," a song of hope and uplift if ever was, is tinted by the small, haunting ache that attends the knowledge of death as an inevitable part of life. And the death that's on our minds is, unavoidably, Nick Drake's. It matters not why and how he died; it was too soon, this was his last record before it happened, and it colors -- unavoidably and rightly -- what we hear. When one knows how an artist's pain worked itself out in the artist's own life, it has an inevitable impact on how one receives the record.
I join the people who thank Volkswagen for this record. I never saw the VW ad; I don't watch TV enough to do that. But I sure read enough about it here; and I only recently found that the wonderful lavish sounds I'd been hearing as sign-on music back in the early-mid '70s on good ol' WMAL-FM were Nick's own "Bryter Later." So I can claim to be one of the fogies who Knew Him (sorta) When. But only the one piece. That and the VW ad -- what's all this about a damn ad? -- prompted one of my best album purchases ever. I'm torn -- just run back to the store where they have his other two studio releases, nine-ninety-nine the pop? Or spring for "Fruit Tree"?
Drake's first two albums are lusher, more lavish, more produced, more, well, what? optimistic. Then this one. Nick, his guitar, and a smattering of overdubbed but perfect piano. It would be interesting to have heard "Pink Moon" AFTER his first two records, instead of hearing it first. The contrast between those discs and this one is startling enough as it is. If you want to hear folk guitar played about as well as it can be, accompanied by a voice that, light and almost airy as it is, seems to triple the weight of the lyrics, Do not pass Go. Head straight to this record. If you don't have "Pink Moon" yet, and kind of wish there wasn't quite so much production on those two lovely Drake discs you do have, pick this one up. 'Cause the production is, well, not. I think it's wonderful that we got to hear not only as much of Nick Drake as we did, but as many different sides. I wouldn't want the first two records without the overdubbed strings and keyboards. This one, likewise, is perfect, just as is. Stark, painful, full of despair and full also of hope and appreciation for the beauty the artist saw in the world. It's just as in the first two records, but expressed differently and just as spot-on beautifully.
Don't feel bad that you first heard about Nick Drake from a car salesman. Carlos Santana was right: It's getting it, not how, that counts. You have the music now, is what matters. The world is beautiful and it's OK. Play "Pink Moon" again, and again. That's Nick, telling you so.
5.0 out of 5 stars simply sublime,
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This review is from: Pink Moon (Vinyl) (LP Record)Nick Drake was one of those few singer songwriter/musicians who could conjur a complex orchestra with just six srings and a voice. The depth of emotion and space at this level brought forth from any artist before or since is extremely rare. The recording quality is top notch and reveals how superior analog was to anything digital in later years. Sadly, he burned out too soon but what he left was a deep treasure chest of musical goodies. Multiple listenings of Drake reveal that no two sessions are heard quite the same, I am always hearing something new and unexpected each time, so from that standpoint, there are innumerable albums contained within this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of The Best Albums Ever,
This review is from: Pink Moon (Audio CD)I've been listening to this album for years and it just keeps getting better. An absolute masterpiece on par with the greatest art of the 20th century.
5.0 out of 5 stars a diamond,
This review is from: Pink Moon (Audio CD)Just love it. It reaches the beauty of simplicity. It's the kind of writer/singer that will last forever.
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite CD by my favorite musician.,
This review is from: Pink Moon (Audio CD)This has to be the most beautiful album ever created. I have probably listened to this CD 75 times, in full, since I got it, and every time I am almost put in a trance by the beauty that is Nick Drake's music. Nick Drake uses differen't tunings for his guitar that sometimes make it sound as if a mini-orchestra is playing on his albums, but is just the sweet, melancholy tunes of a hushed voice singing out lyrics and the strings of a lone guitar slowely winding an environment of peace and serenity around your life, letting you fully relax, and see the beauty in things. I may sound like a hippy, but this is no exaggeration, you must get this CD now, and cherish it forever, for once you hear these beautiful songs your life will never be the same, it will be better.
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy two copies,
This review is from: Pink Moon (Audio CD)It is a damn good thing that this man is not alive today. His purity and ethics would have left him in an even deeper state of depression if he were to suffer the fandom his music has earned him as well as the use of his music for commerical purposes. People this sensitive are gifts to the world, but they usually implode and lack the coping mechanisms to survive in modern society. Nick was a walking open wound, a raw exposed nerve and one listen to his art will reveal this. What an amazing thing that he was open enough and talented enough to bear his soul in a way that makes us feel ours so.
The second track, "Place to Be" makes my chin quiver every time and cry most of the time I hear it, and I am not ashamed to admit it. There is something exquisite, decadent and enlightening about indulging in this artist's "dark" music. Depressing and melancholy? Yes, certainly. Beautiful, nuanced, and intimate? More so. I can say, as a heterosexual male that if I had a time machine, I would go back to 1972 and embrace this guy, tell him everything will be alright, and take him of a road trip through the wilderness. And I'd bring a tape recorder.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic folk with a dark edge - quiet and beautiful,
This review is from: Pink Moon (Audio CD)"You know, Nick Drake was the very best of all." This quote, from Television's Tom Verlaine, is a bit flawed in my opinion. Nick Drake was just 26 when he passed away due to an overdose of antidepressants - some say it was suicide but most disagree with this assumption. Anyway, I believe Drake COULD have been the very best (so much lost potential it is a shame) because this album kept up the high standards of his first two albums Five Leaves Left and Bryter Layter, while adding more of the sinister edge that makes this album's title track so enticing. The story goes that Drake entered such a deep depression that he never spoke to anyone, and these recordings were all anyone heard of his voice. After completing the album alone using just his acoustic guitar, gorgeous English voice, and a few splashes of piano, he dropped it off at the desk of his record label anonymously, and when it was finally opened and played they realized they had a fantastic new album from the inimitable Nick Drake. This alone makes the music very interesting before you even get the album in your stereo, but once the opening strums of the title track chime in, you know it will live up to the expectations you have. Full of gorgeous acoustic playing from start to finish, and great lyrics to boot, this is an essential folk recording. There are 3 reasons I gave this CD 4 stars instead of 5 - first, where are the liner notes? This is a fabulous sounding reissue, and there's lyrics, but I would have loved to have seen some commentary. Second, the album runs about 28 minutes - the re-issuers could have easily combined it with Bryter Layter or included bonus tracks from the Time of No Reply rarities collection, without screwing up the trak order or overall feel of the album. Finally, although I love this album, I find the middle of it runs a bit slow - "Horn" is a pointless instrumental that doesn't show what Drake can do as a composer or an acoustic player, and "Free Ride" and "Parasite" lack hooks that make the first half of the album so enticing. Nevertheless, I would still consider Pink Moon an essential purchase and a jewel in my huge CD collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars sadness, and depression at its absolute best,
This review is from: Pink Moon (Audio CD)the music of nick drake is like a dark look inside someones soul. and this album is the darkest part of it. after making 2 brilliant albums, that got little or no commercial acclaim, nick drake became very depressed, and made this in 2 nights at his home, brought the tapes to the record company unnanounced, then checked himself into a psychiatric ward. this is the music of someone about to lose their life. the title track was used in a volkswagen commercial a few years ago, but it is a classic song, and is great. the songs on this album can't exactly be explained track by track, but the standouts are pink moon, place to be, which will(which i think might be the best song nick ever penned) things behind the sun, free ride, and from the morning. if you are interested in getting into the music of nick drake, i feel that this is the best place to start with. believe me you will go out and buy five leaves left, and bryter layter the same day like i did. nick was a tortured soul, who was taken way too soon.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nick Confirms his Status as one of the great songwriters,
This review is from: Pink Moon (Audio CD)Although someone with a (admittedly large) cultist appeal, Nick Drake's music has never failed to enthral or inspire those that are willing to embrace his work. After suffering from two breathtaking beautiful, but commercially underperforming albums ("Five Leaves Left" / "Bryter Layter"), Nick retreated into himself and produced his darkest album yet. Alone with nothing except an acoustic guitar (and a piano accompaniment on several tracks) Nick sings his way through some of the most reflective, poignant & introspective work of his short career. And the brevity of each of the songs (most clocking in under 3 minutes) only exemplifies it's anguish & disenchantment, with Nick quietly strumming his guitar, and leaving his plaintive voice to exude emotion. For me this stark world that Nick inhabits is (for me) best exemplified by what I Consider a song of anguish, yet remains a truly, truly beautiful song. "Parasite" encompasses everything that was significant about Nick Drake and proved to be what was to be his fitting swan song (the retail poor performance of his previous albums caused Nick to fall into a psychically crippling bout of depression). And thus 'Pink Moon' was the final album release that Nick completed before his death, and remains one of the most emotionally stark albums ever created.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pink Moon,
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This review is from: Pink Moon (Audio CD)I first heard Pink Moon, on that VW commerical, a few years later i decided to get the album. It's is quickly becoming one of favoites. Nick Drake is amazing. You can feel his depression through this album. Thought his songs are very depression, i still find myself listening on. I cant explain it. Its amazing.
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Pink Moon by Nick Drake (Audio CD - 2003)
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