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#280: Five Leaves Left by Nick Drake

1.26.2012


Five Leaves Left by Nick Drake (1969)

Favorite Track(s): "Time Has Told Me" and "River Man" and "Way to Blue" and "Cello Song" and "The Thoughts of Mary Jane" and "Man In A Shed" and "Saturday Sun"

Thoughts: YES! More wonderful music. Rolling Stone Top 500 Albums, can we just stay in this 60s/70s songwriter heaven forever? I don't want to leave. Say we can stay. Please.

I usually like my Nick Drake unaccompanied and simple, but the strings in "River Man" and "The Thoughts of Mary Jane" were divine. I mean, the man's music just makes you want to stop and watch the world go by. It creates such a safe space for memory, for silence, for stillness. Or sobbing. Take your pick.

Is This Better Than Help!?: Yes.



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