Pink Moon

Pink Moon

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by Nick Drake
     
 

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After two albums of tastefully orchestrated folk-pop, albeit some of the least demonstrative and most affecting around, Drake chose a radical change for what turned out to be his final album. Not even half-an-hour long, with 11 short songs and no more -- he famously remarked at the time that he simply had no more to record -- Pink Moon

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After two albums of tastefully orchestrated folk-pop, albeit some of the least demonstrative and most affecting around, Drake chose a radical change for what turned out to be his final album. Not even half-an-hour long, with 11 short songs and no more -- he famously remarked at the time that he simply had no more to record -- Pink Moon more than anything else is the record that made Drake the cult figure he remains. Specifically, Pink Moon is the bleakest of them all; that the likes of Belle and Sebastian are fans of Drake may be clear enough, but it's doubtful they could ever achieve the calm, focused anguish of this album, as harrowing as it is attractive. No side musicians or outside performers help this time around -- it's simply Drake and Drake alone on vocals, acoustic guitar, and a bit of piano, recorded by regular producer Joe Boyd but otherwise untouched by anyone else. The lead-off title track was eventually used in a Volkswagen commercial nearly 30 years later, giving him another renewed burst of appreciation -- one of life's many ironies, in that such an affecting song, Drake's softly keened singing and gentle strumming, could turn up in such a strange context. The remainder of the album follows the same general path, with Drake's elegant melancholia avoiding sounding pretentious in the least thanks to his continued embrace of simple, tender vocalizing. Meanwhile, the sheer majesty of his guitar playing -- consider the opening notes of "Road" or "Parasite" -- makes for a breathless wonder to behold.

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Release Date:
05/08/1992
Label:
Hannibal
UPC:
0031257443623
catalogNumber:
4436

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Pink Moon 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nick Drake's Pink Moon album is one CD that makes my CD collection a little bit more complete. After a day of rushing around and dealing with the daily grind, I pop Pink Moon into the CD player and calm down and let my mind relax. It's refreshing to hear music that isn't full of needless noise. Listening to this album is like listening to music as if it was beautifully naked. The music itself seems so simple with him strumming the guitar and singing his own lyrics. The lyrics themselves are worth listening to. It isn't a CD to listen to when trying to get out of depression, though. The listener can just enjoy the music for what it is. I'm glad Volkswagen decided to use the song ''Pink Moon'' in their commercial so the public can finally hear genuinely good music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to ask myself while listening to Pink Moon unwind its understated beauty why Nick Drake was so tragically overlooked. By the end of the album, I still didn't know, in fact I found it all the more confusing. This is the kind of album that only crops up at the peak of a singer/songwriters career, when at their most sensitive and understanding. These are songs that listeners will find instantly memorable, songs that will mean something very personal and truthful in their own situation. But in musical terms, often lyrically, this album is a work that only an Englishman "hanging on in quiet desperation" could write. The delicate pastoral guitar work is at the same time hopeful and sad, beautiful and bare, simple and clever. Perfectly understated vocals mean lyrics like "Pink Moon's gonna get ye all" sound truly foreboding. As a listener, I'm most pleased about the short running time- by the end of the album, you don't feel like you've had too much, you want to go back for more, to live in the songs longer. Pink Moon is in all senses a timeless album, with nothing but a guitar and words, it would mean just as much in the future as it does now and should have done in the past.
D_MacGowan More than 1 year ago
Probably the most honest of Drake's albums, but hard to listen to as it is such a chronicle of a soul in pain.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the soundtrack for every lost soul ever born.if you need self-pity and a good cry this is the music for you.when i bought the cd,i played pink moon 26 times straight.nick's songs are short-leaves you wanting more.i want pink moon played at my funeral.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nick Drake has given me a passion for life again. I know that Pink Moon is what he is known for due to the volkswagon commercial, but the rest of his music is a beautiful and mellow introspective look into the soul of a truly troubled genius. Buy this, and all of his other CD's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my personal favorite album of all time. I can listen to it a billion times (already have) and never get sick of it. It is a part of my life. i think that the simplicity of it brings more complexity and the vibe of the music really comes out as if its alive. I can turn off the lights, put on my headphones and listen to it with my eyes closed, over and over again. And during those hard times it really does give me a breath of fresh air. Nick is loved and missed, lets hope he knows this, wherever he is out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I learned about Nick Drake by hearing first the commercial, (didn't know the artist but liked it instantly) but much later only this week found out who it was and I was floored by his music. I bought three Nick Drake cd's at Barnes and Noble. When I learned the apparent circumstances of his life and passing, I was in mourning. I love "Pink Moon" and found "Place to be" almost as good. I went to a sound store to look into a new system and brought this cd with me, when testing the new system I loaned the cd to the Salesperson, (we were testing speaker options) they were impressed and I got the "who is that" question, so I explained it. I think there is another convert out there now.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard the song ''Pink Moon'' in a volkswagon commercial and I went out and bought this cd. All the songs on this cd are beautiful, with his sincere voice and amazing guitar playing. He was an excellent musician with great talent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is lovely music, calming and uplifting from start to too early finish.