Bryter Layter

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
With even more of the Fairport Convention crew helping him out -- including bassist Dave Pegg and drummer Dave Mattacks along with, again, a bit of help from Richard Thompson -- as well as John Cale and a variety of others, Drake tackled another excellent selection of songs on his second album. Demonstrating the abilities shown on Five Leaves Left didn't consist of a fluke, Bryter Layter featured another set of exquisitely arranged and performed tunes, with producer Joe Boyd and orchestrator Robert Kirby reprising their roles from the earlier release. Starting with the elegant instrumental "Introduction," as lovely a mood-setting piece as one would want, Bryter Layter ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
With even more of the Fairport Convention crew helping him out -- including bassist Dave Pegg and drummer Dave Mattacks along with, again, a bit of help from Richard Thompson -- as well as John Cale and a variety of others, Drake tackled another excellent selection of songs on his second album. Demonstrating the abilities shown on Five Leaves Left didn't consist of a fluke, Bryter Layter featured another set of exquisitely arranged and performed tunes, with producer Joe Boyd and orchestrator Robert Kirby reprising their roles from the earlier release. Starting with the elegant instrumental "Introduction," as lovely a mood-setting piece as one would want, Bryter Layter indulges in a more playful sound at many points, showing that Drake was far from being a constant king of depression. While his performances remain generally low-key and his voice quietly passionate, the arrangements and surrounding musicians add a considerable amount of pep, as on the jazzy groove of the lengthy "Poor Boy." The argument could be made that this contravenes the spirit of Drake's work, but it feels more like a calmer equivalent to the genre-sliding experiments of Van Morrison at around the same time. Numbers that retain a softer approach, like "At the Chime of a City Clock," still possess a gentle drive to them. Cale's additions unsurprisingly favor the classically trained side of his personality, with particularly brilliant results on "Northern Sky." As his performances on keyboards and celeste help set the atmosphere, Drake reaches for a perfectly artful reflection on loss and loneliness and succeeds wonderfully.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2003
  • Label: Fontana Island
  • UPC: 042284600521
  • Catalog Number: 846005
  • Sales rank: 22,994

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction (1:31)
  2. 2 Hazey Jane II (3:46)
  3. 3 At the Chime of a City Clock (4:45)
  4. 4 One of These Things First (4:51)
  5. 5 Hazey Jane I (4:29)
  6. 6 Bryter Layter (3:21)
  7. 7 Fly (3:01)
  8. 8 Poor Boy (6:08)
  9. 9 Northern Sky (3:46)
  10. 10 Sunday (3:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nick Drake Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
John Cale Organ, Piano, Celeste, Cello, Harpsichord, Viola
Richard Thompson Guitar
Chris McGregor Piano, Vocals
Lyn Dobson Flute
Dave Pegg Bass
Doris Troy Vocals, Background Vocals
P.P. Arnold Vocals, Background Vocals
Patrick Arnold Background Vocals
Paul Harris Piano
Mike Kowalski Drums
Dave Mattacks Drums
Ray Warleigh Flute, Alto Saxophone
Ed Carter Bass
Technical Credits
John Wood Engineer, Remastering
Joe Boyd Producer, Reissue Producer
Robert Kirby Arranger, String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment, Bass Arrangement
Simon Heyworth Mastering
Nigel Waymouth Cover Design, Cover Photo, Sleeve Design
Cally Art Direction
Stella MacPherson Lyric Transcription
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    YOU OWE IT TO NICK.

    Drake released his first album at the age of twenty. It was Critically applauded but publicly ignored. This would serve as the template for an all too short career that only spanned three albums and six years. Drake took his own life at the age of 26. Bryter Layter is his second and best album. Music simply doesn't get more beautiful than this. If the album can appear playful at times (as on 'Hazey Jane II')it more than makes up for it with songs of genuine passion and beauty like 'One of These Things First'. His voice never rises above a whisper but remains one of the greatest in music history and brings depth to the songs that you will never have thought possible. Drake took his own life at 26 after years of depression due to his anonymity. He was an immense talent cut down in his prime. Take this thought into your head buy this album and listen to 'Northern Sky'. I defy you to hold back the tears. Buy this album, you owe it to Nick.

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