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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