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Pretty much one of the most beautiful albums ever made. Just Nick, his ever fluid guitar playing, husky voice and on one track, a slither of piano. Listen to it late at night, on the headphones and admire the wonderful natural way the album was recorded. The songs are exquisite, odd at times, soothing at others. To me, the best Nick Drake album more because what isn't on it than what is. 


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Pink Moon by Nick Drake
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10/10 Sam N Customer review, 8th April 2015

From the first chord that he strikes, it's clear that "Pink Moon" is Nick Drake's most intimate and haunting of his three albums. While the first two, "Five Leaves Left" and "Bryter Later" definitely showcase his innate ability to pluck out the most warm and inviting sounds from his guitar (almost as if it's an extension of himself), many of these songs were equipped with full arrangements (drums, horns, etc), therefore placing his biggest gift to music in the peripheral at times. "Pink Moon" uncompromisingly strips virtually everything away leaving his voice and guitar (however there is a very perfectly placed piano part in the title track), and what results is a beautiful duet for a brief but perfectly constructed thirty minutes.

The first and title track rolls out some very intricate chords within an irregular time signature, however maintaining a regular flow when coupled with Nicks whispered voice. A simple but effective piano solo creeps in the middle, making it perhaps the most polished song in the album. This whispered and earthy voice is maintained throughout the album, and the manner in which he intertwines it with some delicate guitar playing is what makes it one of my favourite albums of all time ("Which Will" is a great example of this).

The lyrical content also manages to adhere to the organic and natural aesthetic while also delving into his internal anguish and loneliness that blighted him throughout most of his adult life. In "Place to be" he describes how he was once "strong in the sun" but is now "paler than the weakest blue", placing us listeners into his deeply troubled mind, that he claims was once more wholesome and contented. "Parasite" also gently harrows the listener with a hymn of paranoia and self-defeat with lines like "Take a look you may see me on the ground, for I am the parasite of this town".

By the last track of the album "From the Morning", the dust settles and his inner pain finally subsides, as if it was a darkness that was endured to truly appreciate the blossoming sunlight. With lyrics like "And now we rise, and we are everywhere, And now we rise from the ground" creates this transcendent atmosphere, where depression and inner existential musings are washed away by a great swooning force that opens up the hearts of all it engulfs. I believe the words "see she flies, she is everywhere" is him referring to a Gaia-like entity that is responsible for this cleansing "force". This is in my opinion Mr Drake's most accomplished and philosophical track on the album, and from it you can see that while he struggled so much with his demons, he could at brief times brush them aside with something so heartwarming and pure as this song.

Overall this album has had a profound impact on me and I urge anyone else who hasn't heard it to listen to it then buy it, especially as this 180g press is of fantastic quality!


9/10 Sam N Customer review, 8th April 2015

From the first chord that he strikes, it's clear that Pink Moon is Nick Drake's most intimate and haunting of his three albums. While the first two, "Five Leaves Left" and "Bryter Later" definitely showcase his innate ability to pluck out the most warm and inviting sounds from his guitar (almost as if it's an extension of himself), many of these songs were equipped with full arrangements (drums, horns, etc), therefore placing his biggest gift to music in the peripheral at times. Pink Moon uncompromisingly strips virtually everything away leaving his voice and guitar (however there is a very perfectly placed piano part in the title track), and what results is a beautiful duet for a brief but perfectly constructed thirty minutes.

The opening title track rolls out some very intricate chords within an irregular time signature, however maintaining a regular flow when coupled with Nicks whispered voice. A simple but effective piano solo creeps in the middle, making it perhaps the most polished song in the album. This whispered and earthy voice is maintained throughout the album, and the manner in which he intertwines it with some delicate guitar playing is what makes it one of my favourite albums of all time ("Which Will" is a great example of this).

The lyrical content also manages to adhere to the organic and natural aesthetic while also delving into his internal anguish and loneliness that blighted him throughout most of his adult life. In "Place to be" he describes how he was once "strong in the sun" but is now "paler than the weakest blue", placing us listeners into his deeply troubled mind, that he claims was once more wholesome and contented. "Parasite" also gently harrows the listener with a hymn of paranoia and self-defeat with lines like "Take a look you may see me on the ground, for I am the parasite of this town".

By the last track of the album "From the Morning", the dust settles and his inner pain finally subsides, as if it was a darkness that was endured to truly appreciate the blossoming sunlight. With lyrics like "And now we rise, and we are everywhere, And now we rise from the ground" creates this transcendent atmosphere, where depression and inner existential musings are washed away by a great swooning force that opens up the hearts of all it engulfs. I believe the words "see she flies, she is everywhere" is him referring to a Gaia-like entity that is responsible for this cleansing "force". This is in my opinion Mr Drake's most accomplished and philosophical track on the album, and from it you can see that while he struggled so much with his demons, he could at brief times brush them aside with something so heartwarming and pure as this song.

Overall this album has had a profound impact on me and I urge anyone else who hasn't heard it to listen to it then buy it, especially as this 180g press is of fantastic quality!


9/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 27th October 2014

“Pink Moon”, Nick Drake’s final album prior to his sad and premature death, is so good that you don’t even notice it’s only Nick Drake’s voice and guitar (bar a little piano on the chorus of the title track) pulling you in and fully absorbing you. It’s under 30 minutes long but it’s a gentle, yet intense, cuddle of an album. His guitar playing and voice are up to his usual standard, if not surpassing the work of previous albums. The best tracks are “Free Ride”, “Things Behind The Sun” and “Pink Moon”.


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