Nick Drake’s simplicity still holds true

September 5, 2014 Review Print Print

As many people are aware, there were many musical gems found in the late ’60s and early ’70s, like Simon & Garfunkel, Jimi Hendrix, Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan — the list goes on.

Through the haze and daze of these big hit artists of the counter-culture era, there is one name that’s all too commonly unrecognized. Nick Drake was a simple kind of artist with a simple sound.

Drake’s music mostly consisted of his voice and his guitar. During his brief time on Earth from 1948 to 1974, Drake managed to create three albums, which were “Five Leaves Left,” “Bryter Layter,” and his final masterpiece known as “Pink Moon.”

The one I’ve had the greatest time listening to is “Pink Moon” for its simplistic styles and the peaceful chord strums of Drake’s guitar.

“Pink Moon” opens up with the title song, which is a soft and happy tune about, well, a pink moon.

The calm and enlightening vibe follows through most of the songs on the album, like the second track “Place to Be,” and the fourth track “Which Will.”

A personal favorite is the lyricless fifth track “Horn,” because it seems to express Drake’s intentions with the album — slow, euphoric and mysterious.

The album takes the listener through some darker corners of Drake’s mind with “Things Behind the Sun,” which expresses his feelings of self-doubt as an unrecognized artist. The album comes to full circle once it reaches the last song titled “From the Morning,” which is, in fact, a wonderful morning song.

Though the album takes some slight twists and turns with Drake’s chilled-out melancholia and uplifting mysticism, the album stays true to its calm “Pink Moon” nature.

It’s an easy listen and would be the kind of music to listen to when traveling or when waking up early to drink coffee.

Overall, “Pink Moon” is a fantastic album and deserves a listen by anyone who enjoys classic rock. Nick Drake’s sound will soothe you into a state of pure tranquility.

Rating: A

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