Following the success of his 2011 album Rose of Sharon a celebration of 18th Century American music that landed on Billboard s classical chart and critics year-end lists the latest project by Joel Frederiksen and the Ensemble Phoenix Munich takes them all the way back in time to… 1972. That was the year the late British troubadour and cult favorite Nick Drake released his third and final album, Pink Moon. Initially, the album garnered a small amount of critical attention, but it was not until decades after Drake s death that it received widespread public and critical acclaim. Today, the sparse and unadorned tracks of Pink Moon are regarded by many fans and music critics as the greatest efforts of a tragically short career.
Pink Moon is the sound of Nick Drake cracking up. That's not exactly true–some have long thought that his death by an overdose of an anti-depressant was an accident, and not suicide–but this album, recorded over two late nights, certainly sounds like a fever dream. Peter Buck of R.E.M. has called the album "Like an English version of (Robert Johnson's great blues) `Hellhound on My Trail.'" The lyrics to the title song read in their entirety: "Saw it written and I saw it say, pink moon is on its way. None of you will stand so tall, pink moon is gonna get ye all. And it's a pink moon." Aside from a splash of piano, the only instrumentation on this stark and spooky collection is Drake's eloquent acoustic guitar. –John Milward
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Nick Drake's final album, released in 1972. With basic tracks recorded in a span of three days, PINK MOON is much more spare than the prior two albums. Because of the disc's lean arrangements, Drake's dexterity as a guitarist is more in evidence than on earlier works. TJ McGrath, writing in Trouser Press Collector's Magazine, says, "The songs are stripped to bare emotion. No lighthearted and melancholy verses – these songs are cloaked in despair. PINK MOON gives no quarter." That said (and it's an accurate assessment), PINK MOON isn't really a depressing record; it's just a darker shade of blue.
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