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|Nick Drake||Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Vocals|
|Richard Thompson||Guitar, Electric Guitar|
|Kwasi "Rocky" Dzidzornu||Percussion, Conga|
|Tristan Fry||Drums, Background Vocals, Vibes|
|John Wood||Engineer, Remastering|
|Joe Boyd||Producer, Re-Release Producer|
|Robert Kirby||Arranger, String Arrangements, Bass Arrangement|
|Stella MacPherson||Lyric Transcription|
Posted October 1, 2010
A slightly more melancholy album than his later efforts, Five Leaves sees Nick Drake coming into the musical universe fully clothed and with a head of hair. Not many debut albums are this good, it often makes me laugh when I see new singer songwriters' albums with labels such as "outstanding debut" on them. There are very seldom artists with such a well developed vision of music and lyrics. Tracks like Fruit Tree capture that matured spirit in full flower. Robert Kirby, a good friend of Drake's was drafted in to arrange the strings and his arrangements on Way To Blue and Fruit Tree are some of the best. Other musicians work very well along with Drake on the album, and the album is brilliantly multi faceted. My personal favourite song is River Man, the lyrics juxtapose the confusion and understanding of three charachters, each with their own longings and lives. The string orchestration works very well, almost to a magical degree when Drake sings "Betty said she prayed today, for the sky to blow away". Five Leaves is somewhat essential and like Nick Drake, overlooked. Buy this album, or you will never know what you've missed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Magic. That's just, this whole album. I've never heard a singer/songwriter actually PLAY guitar so well! Granted, I'm only just getting into the genre, but still. I was blown away. And it's so clear to hear Nick Drake's influence among other acoustic artists of today, including John Mayer. Just a beautiful album, it has it's ups and downs. The lyrics are amazing, and the orchestral arrangements make this album all the more perfect. I highly recommend this.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 6, 2010
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